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Paternity leave uptake falls for first time in five years

The number of new fathers taking paternity leave fell for the first time in five years last year, while almost three times more women took maternity leave.

Law firm EMW said figures it obtained from HM Revenue and Customs showed there was a 3.3% drop in the number of fathers who took paternity leave in the 12 months to 31 March 2018, down to 213,500 from 221,000 the year before.

In contrast, there was a slight increase (0.3%) in the number of mothers taking maternity leave. In 2017/18 662,700 went on maternity leave, compared with 661,000 the previous year.

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August 9, 2018

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