More flexible working needed for dads

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With more women staying in the workplace after having children – often on a full-time basis – parents are demanding greater flexibility, particularly dads.

A recent survey has shown that there is a greater need for more flexible working for mums and dads.

According to latest research carried out by, dads are still being held back by old fashioned policies and fears that their employer will have a negative reaction to being asked for more flexible hours.

The annual survey, sponsored by McDonalds, shows that 59% of mums say their partner doesn’t work flexibly and only 4% say their partner works part time.

A survey of dads shows overwhelming demand for flexible working among men with 73% saying they are considering seeking it, but 72% fearing their employer’s reaction if they do.

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Key findings reveal that:

  • 62% have considered setting up a business with the flexibility to have more control the key reason
  • 67% of women said they were interested in retraining
  • 65% of working mums feel they have to work harder due to unconscious bias
  • 11% have elder care as well as childcare responsibilities and 68% of these say their employer is not supportive.
  • Grandparents are still the favoured way of reducing childcare costs (50%)
  • 35% would consider Shared Parental Leave with finance being the main barrier (40%). However, 24% of mums say they just don’t want to share their leave.

Commenting on the results, Gillian Nissim, founder of, commented on the findings, “There has been a lot of focus in the last year on the gender pay gap. A huge part of this is down to the lack of women in senior positions. Promotion often occurs around the time that women start families. Our survey shows that more employers need to focus on ways to ensure women don’t drop off the progression track as a result of working flexibly. It also suggests much more needs to be done to make it easier for dads to share parenting duties more equally by enabling them to work flexibly.”

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Why Dolan Accountancy?

Dolan Accountancy was set up by Simon J Dolan, the man behind the well-known brand SJD Accountancy. With over 25 years experience in the contracting marketing, Dolan Accountancy has the heritage, reputation and credibility you can trust. Working closely with our sister company, ContractorUmbrella, it means we can offer one low cost, fixed fee package at £95 + VAT per month. This gives you the flexibility of using both our Limited Company Accountancy Services and our award winning Umbrella Service, for one inclusive cost. We don’t believe in tiered packages or hidden extra fees, instead we aim to give you everything you need, including:

  • Free Company Formation – This is where it all begins. Once you have decided on an available name, we will form your company free of charge (if using our accountancy services) and it will be ready for you to use in as little as three hours.
  • Free use of ContractorUmbrella – With changes in Public Sector IR35 Legislation we understand that sometimes you are required to contract via an umbrella company. We will keep your limited company ticking over, while you work margin free via our sister company, ContractorUmbrella.
  • A Dedicated Accountant – Your accountant will be there for any company or personal tax advice that you require. We will never outsource work, even to internal teams.
  • Free Access to FreeAgent – The founder behind the multi award winning FreeAgent platform was one of Simon’s first clients, therefore it only seems fitting that we offer all of our clients access to FreeAgent, free of charge.
  • Free Business Banking – We have decided to waive our commission so our clients can use Tide free of charge for the first year.
  • Unlimited IR35 Status Reviews – We will review all of your contracts for IR35 purposes and provide you with our professional opinion as to its status.
  • Free Registered and Director’s Service Office Address – Sometimes you just don’t want your home address on display at Companies House. When you sign up to our accountancy services, we will offer the use of our address as an alternative.
  • Your Business and Personal Taxation Needs – This includes Company Accounts, Director’s Personal Tax Return, VAT Returns, Payroll, Corporation Tax and Dividend advice, to name just a few.

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