The TUC study
The polling study by TUC surveyed 2,006 parents of children under the age of six in February 2023.
Professionals have said employers need to think carefully about how paternity leave can impact families and how further financial gains such as bonuses and commissions would also have an impact.
One author of a parenting book said: “Compensation plans and bonuses need to allow for an employee to take leave and not be penalised for having a child.
“For example, in the sales profession, many representatives must forgo commissions while on parental leave or even give up accounts.
“Many return to work having to rebuild their businesses from scratch and often result in exiting the company due to this.
“There are many reports of sales reps and executives losing hundreds of thousands when they go on leave due to the timing of a large commission or bonus.
“Parental leave compensation must be clarified in every area, not just salary.”
The study also stated that half of parents said they didn’t feel they could support their family enough with the paternity leave they had.
Head of Employer Services at charity Working Families said financial reasons are not the only reason that limits paternity leave uptake.
She said: “On the surface, a simple way of encouraging more fathers to take parental leave is to match their salary; many fathers indicate the loss of earnings will impact their choice.
“But this is only part of the story. Cultural bias and blatant negative comments about parents can lead to many fathers not taking the leave, as they are concerned about how they will be treated by their colleagues.”