One in five fathers don’t see their children during the working week

One in five fathers in the UK works such long hours that he doesn’t see his children during the week, according to new research.

A study of 2,000 working fathers found that Londoners were worst hit by the UK’s long hours culture, with one in three saying they only saw their children at the weekend.

More than two-thirds of respondents (70%) said that they would like to spend more time at home but could not because of the demands of work.

One in four fathers in the South West and one in five Scottish fathers reported not seeing their children during the week.

A spokesman for B&CE Insurance, which commissioned the survey, said the poll showed the number of hours that people were putting in at work meant they could not find time to see their children.

A survey launched yesterday by the CBI found that employers were being generous about flexible working, with 90% of requests being granted .

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