39% of working parents balancing full-time jobs with homeschool, finds survey

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21st May 2020 16:23 - Public Consultation

39% of working parents balancing full-time jobs with homeschool: With schools still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and parents having to homeschool their children, many full-time employees are working into the evening to make up for lost hours, according to a recent survey.

The Canada Life poll of 2,000 UK working parents found that two-fifths are juggling full-time work alongside homeschool, with an average of three hours a day (15 per week) spent supporting their children. 

When asked about their experiences of home school and work commitments, 41% said they were starting to find it difficult.

Also revealed in the survey findings was that 87% of employers have introduced flexible measures during lockdown, according to respondents, with a quarter (24%) saying they have brought in flexible hours. Other measures introduced include reducing parents' workplace responsibilities (19%) cutting down on the frequency of meetings (17%) and for some (10%), the introduction of role sharing.

Looking ahead to when life returns to 'normal', almost a third of respondents (32%) said they would like to work from home more, while a quarter (24%) want to return to a physical workplace.  

Claire McCartney, resource and inclusion adviser at the CIPD (the professional body for HR and people management), said of the research:

“It’s really important that line managers discuss with employees what they both believe can be done to carry on meeting the needs of their job role, while taking care of their child or children.”

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