Family-Friendly Work Practices in Britain: Availability and Perceived Accessibility

33 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2005

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John W. Budd

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

Karen Mumford

University of York (UK); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CAMA

Date Written: July 2005

Abstract

Using linked data for British workplaces and employees we find a low base rate of workplace-level availability for five family-friendly work practices - parental leave, paid leave, job sharing, subsidized child care, and working at home - and a substantially lower rate of individual-level perceived accessibility. Our results demonstrate that statistics on workplace availability drastically overstate the extent to which employees perceive that family-friendly are accessible to them personally. British workplaces appear to be responding slowly and perhaps disingenuously to pressures to enhance family-friendly work practices.

Keywords: family friendly, perceived, access, availability

JEL Classification: J13, J32, J70

Suggested Citation

Budd, John W. and Mumford, Karen A., Family-Friendly Work Practices in Britain: Availability and Perceived Accessibility (July 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1662. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=761584

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Karen A. Mumford (Contact Author)

University of York (UK) ( email )

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