Fewer than 4 in 10 Scots parents leaving work on time

Scotland’s mums and dads are suffering at the hands of ‘time poverty’ according to new research – and Working Families and Bright Horizons are calling on parents to make the most of the longest day of the year by leaving work on time to spend more time with their families.

Go Home on Time Day takes inspiration from the 2017 Modern Families Index which today showed that working families in Scotland are struggling to find time to spend with their children.

The research found that:

  • One in 10 parents stay on late at work every day
  • A third of Scotland’s working parents do extra hours in the evenings or at weekends after leaving work for the day
  • One in 10 working parents in Scotland spend less than an hour with their family as a whole on a working day
  • Work regularly stops a third of working parents from putting their children to bed

Sarah Jackson OBE, Chief Executive of Working Families and Chair of Family Friendly Working Scotland, said:

“Families need time as well as money to thrive. But, these findings show that for too many families work erodes the time that they spend together. We need human sized jobs that fit in the hours allocated to them.

“Today’s the longest day of the year. We’re calling on everyone to make the most of it by going home on time and spending precious hours with their families.”

Denise Priest, Director of Employer Partnerships, Bright Horizons, said:

“Work in the modern era is constantly bumping up against personal lives.  Research shows us that employees seek and value employers who support family and work fitting together, and who truly care about the effects of work demands on families.”

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