The majority of working fathers do not expect family-friendly working practices to be made available to them, and are less likely to take advantage of those in place.
A report by the Equal Opportunities Commission shows that although there is considerable support for work-life balance among parents, fathers have lower expectations of the balance they will be able to achieve.
The report shows nearly two-fifths of fathers usually work more than 48 hours a week, and around one in eight usually works 60 hours or more.
Of those with a dependant child less than a year old, 61 per cent had taken paternity leave, while 22 per cent have taken leave in the past year to care for their children.
Employers can face certain changed working patterns when staff have dependent children, according to a survey from Daytime Trust/BUPA. See graph for details. www.eoc.org.uk