Only a third of British parents leave work on time every day


UK parents are struggling to find time to spend with their families, according to a study by the charity Working Families and Bright Horizons.

In fact, over 41% of working parents who took part in the study admitted to working overtime in the evening or over the weekend all the time or often. This statistic rises to over 60% of working parents in London. However, the study showed that 41% parents in London are able to go home on time most often whilst parents in the South West are least likely to go home on time (28%).

Denise Priest, director of Employer Partnerships, Bright Horizons, states that: “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.”

One in ten parents also stated that they stay longer at work daily, which means that working parents spend less than an hour a day with their family during the work week. Two in five parents revealed that their work has regularly come in the way them putting their children to bed.

With today being the longest day of the year the charity is urging working families to go home on time without working overtime this evening.

Sarah Jackson OBE, chief executive of Working Families, adds: “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 humanly 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.”