Most men in Europe want to spend fewer hours at work and more time with their families even though it would cut their income, a major study on employment shows.
The common belief that higher-earning men like to work longer to build their careers is shown to be wrong by the study – men who earn the majority of their household’s income were most likely to want to work less.
Sociologists Dr Shireen Kanji and Dr Robin Samuel also found that for men breadwinners the attraction of spending more time with their partner is as strong a pull as children’s company.
Dr Kanji, of the University of Leicester, and Dr Samuel, of the University of Bern, analysed survey data on the working lives of more than 4,000 men in 12 European countries, including the UK. In an article in the journal Sociology they say:
- around 58% of men breadwinners – those who earned more than their partners – were more likely to want to work less and spend more time at home, and only 15% wanted to work longer.
- male breadwinners with a partner and no children were as keen to work less and spend more time at home as were men …Read More
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