Two-fifths (40%) of working parents have thought about quitting their jobs because they are unable to manage all their responsibilities.
A survey commissioned by REC Parenting found that mothers are far more likely to have considered leaving work than fathers, with nearly half (46%) of mums saying so compared to around a third (32%) of dads.
The research by the online platform that provides support to parents and carers also revealed that part-time staff were more likely to have thought about quitting than full-timers, cited by 46% versus 39% respectively.
Among the 2,000 mothers and fathers of children aged 18 or under who were surveyed, 37% admitted very often or often feeling overwhelmed by juggling parenting and work responsibilities.
According to REC Parenting, the fact that almost one in two working mothers who took part in the survey have considered leaving work should be a “major concern to employers at a time when it is so difficult to find and retain talent”.
The platform believes that the finding that working fathers are feeling the strain too is just as concerning and shows just how much their roles have changed in recent years, with so many more dads now actively sharing caring responsibilities.
Dr Ana Aznar, founder and CEO of REC Parenting, said: “Our survey clearly shows that employers need to do more to support the parents in their workforce. Around 40% of all employees have dependent children, so failing to get this right could have serious consequences in the current war for talent. We also know that parents’ experience at works impacts their children, and when the parents fare better, the kids fare better. By supporting working parents, we are helping to raise well-balanced, kind, and resilient children who will be the future of our society.”
According to REC parenting, it is vital that “employers take note of this and consider how they can enhance the support they offer to their employees who are parents, no matter their gender. It is important they realise working fathers are under pressure too and make sure they feel able to talk about their concerns if they are struggling”.