Old Feb 8, 19, 6:37 pm
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Cap'n Benj
 
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Originally Posted by Petrus View Post
I would say this is more a UK cultural issue than specific to BA. Why?

I remember mentioning Paternity leave to several different UK based firms that I've worked for (and currently work) and the answer was a scoff.
That's for women, basically.

In Sweden which is my home country and current base the state pays the parents 80% (of the median wage to be added) of their salary if staying at home with a child up to 8 years. You get around 350 "full days" and 100 with marginal pay, all off which can be divided between the parents. The father cannot gift all days to the mother, but there is a lot of flexibility. Many employers then top up the remaining 20% so the average Swede is doing ok while at home with their child.
Obviously, for those with a higher salary this is not such a great deal unless they've got a good package from their employer topping up further.

Often, those tied to a Union which has a collective bargaining agreement will get a top up from their union.

The result is that far more fathers are around for their kids!
I've had several 2-3 month summer breaks using paternity leave to spend time with the kids. It's great. Not all about the money.
By law it can be split between parents in the UK too, as per Navy's post earlier in the thread. If firms are scoffing at it, I'm pretty sure a tribunal would love to hear about it!

Sweden is miles ahead in chilcare subsidies etc as well isnt it? Often in the UK and US, its cheaper for the lower wage earner to give up work, rather than pay for childcare, esp once you have more than one in the system! Its been a huge deterent to us having a 3rd kind here in the US too, it would in effect mean my wife was working at a loss
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