Research among 200 employers by the firm My Family Care found that more than four out of 10 had not seen a single male employee take up the right. At 11%, only between 0.5% and 1% of male workers had taken shared parental leave and fewer than 10% reported more than 1% takeup. A further quarter of firms were not able to give a figure.
With statutory pay set at a maximum of £139.58 a week, 80% of employees surveyed said a decision to share leave would depend on finances and whether their employer paid more than obliged to.
The research found that concerns over career progression were a factor for many, with half of men saying they thought taking leave was perceived negatively at work and 55% of mothers questioned said they did not want to share their leave.
You might almost think that this sort of thing is hardwired in. Mammies want to take care of the babbies and daddies want to provide for them.
And yes, as the original instigator of the shared parental leave law in the UK I do indeed get to say that.