It is vital that men, as well as women, take parental leave. This ensures that women are not penalised in the hiring process – when men and women are equally likely to take parental leave, there is no disadvantage in hiring a woman. It ensures that both parents are caring for the child from day one. Data show that this leads to enhanced development in children and improves the relationship between the two parents. Research shows that the more parental leave fathers take, the more likely mothers are to return to work full-time.
Explore this topic further in our factsheet on the Importance of Parental Leave.