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Science: Fathers with more education more likely to take paternity leave

Science: Fathers with more education more likely to take paternity leave

While Swedish well-educated mums are working, the fathers are ready to leave their careers when it is about a paternity leave, Science Nordic reported. It is worth to note that Fathers with more education more likely to take paternity leave.

Helen Eriksson, a researcher at the Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe at Stockholm University, registered a big difference between groups of men chose to take paternity leave. Surprisingly, lawyers and other well-educated men with high income took an average of 14 weeks of parental leave. Meanwhile, less-educated and not-so-high-paid fathers with no extensive education took averaged 7 weeks leave.

In Sweden, new mothers whose profession requires more education and qualifications took on average six weeks less leave than mothers whose jobs don’t have such demanding requirements. The higher income a new mother has, the less time she was able to be at home with her newborn, said Helen Eriksson.

In Norway, e.g., fathers guaranteed 15 weeks paid leave if their child was born on or after 1 July 2018. Overall, new parents have the option of taking 49 weeks of leave at 100 per cent pay, or 59 weeks at 80 per cent. Nevertheless, while more new dads are taking leave, not everyone takes all the time they could take. In fact, high-income dads in Norway tend not to take parental leave at all. The same is true for fathers born outside Norway.

“Even a short leave reduces the likelihood of becoming senior management for these fathers,”

told Selma Therese Lyng, a senior researcher at Oslo Metropolitan University.