Male Workers Taking Paternity Leave Surge in Q1

Write : 2017-04-19 18:23:23 Update : 2017-04-19 19:37:12

Male Workers Taking Paternity Leave Surge in Q1

The number of working fathers who took paternity leave surged more than 50 percent in the first quarter.

Data by the Ministry of Employment and Labor on Wednesday showed two-thousand-129 male employees in the private sector took paternity leave in the first three months of the year, up more than 54 percent year-on-year.

Such employees accounted for ten-point-two percent of some 21-thousand workers who took parental leave. That’s up three-point-seven percentage points from 2016.

Workers in companies with more than 300 employees accounted for nearly 60 percent of all male workers who took paternity leave.

A ministry official said for men, child-rearing has shifted from an option to an obligation, adding paternity leave will help workers maintain work-life balance and improve productivity for companies in the long term.

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