Researchers for UNICEF ranked 31 countries on their length of maternity and paternity leave and on proportions of pre-school children above and below the age of three in childcare.
UK was declared as one of the worst countries for paternity leave and childcare. The only other countries below the United Kingdom were Cyprus, Greece, and Switzerland.
UK parents were among the most likely to blame cost for not using childcare. They felt it was towards the luxury expense. Unicef policy and advocacy head Liam Sollis said the research highlighted how working parents in the UK faced major challenges balancing work and their caregiving responsibilities.
Sweden, Norway, and Iceland were the highest ranked countries in child care on the other hand. Unicef said family-friendly policies strengthened the bond between parents and their children, which was the key to the development of families and society.
Moreover, it said new parents should be offered six months’ paid leave and affordable quality childcare.
The UK offers eligible new mothers:
- six weeks at 90% of their average weekly earnings
- 33 weeks at £149 per week or 90% of their average weekly earnings (if lower)
- A further 13 weeks of unpaid leaves
It also offers two weeks’ statutory paternity leave at £149 a week.
Sweden and Norway, at the top of the league for family friendliness overall, pay new mothers the equivalent of 35 and 45 weeks fully paid, while Estonia offers 85 weeks.
This should not continue or else their will be no young citizens left in the country. Since a decade the situation is worst. Country with a balance of ratio related to age of their citizens can be considered as a family-friendly country.