One of the best ways to crack the glass ceiling is for men to use more paternity leaves. And in the last years, more and more men have being doing just that. Unfortunately, new study shows that the number of stay-at-home dads in the UK have been declining.
The new research from ONS shows that the number of stay-at-home dads have experienced a sharp drop in the last three years, becoming the lowest number since 2014. Previously, the numbers had been steadily increasing since 1993. The experts think the sudden change in the trend might be due to the novelty of being a “new man” wearing off.
Professor Sir Cary Cooper, a professor of organisational psychology at the University of Manchester, told The Telegraph that men are struggling to adapt to these new roles after being expected to provide for their families for hundreds of years.
He added “I think at one point in time it was quite trendy and adventurous to stay at home – men thought ‘I should be a new man’. I think what’s ended up happening is that they feel like society doesn’t reward that and doesn’t give them high status. Men feel that they are only valued for their work role.”
In contrast to these numbers, the number of women out of the workforce has also hit an all-time low at 5.38m. And only one in three of these women are stay-at-home mums. These numbers may seem high. However, the number of stay-at-home mothers have been dropping since the records began, reaching an all-time low of 1.86m this year.
Source: The Telegraph