Research by the University of Plymouth shows that fathers face more objections when looking to improve their work/life balance.
The research studied responses of around 100 managers who were asked to assess for jobs fictitious applicants who were equal, apart from their parental status.
The results were interesting: women who were requesting more flexible work scored 5% higher than fathers making the same requests.
Focus groups amongst fathers were also undertaken, and there was a common perception amongst fathers that they received less workplace support than women when seeking flexible working.
Amongst both genders there was also a perceived “where’s mum?” discrimination, with work colleagues wondering, in effect, whether childcare would properly be provided by dad.
The study refers to the finds as “alarming”, and refers to the phenomenon as “fatherhood forfeit”.