Research has revealed that in 90 per cent of families where both parents work, at least one works unsocial hours, defined as outside 8am-7pm Monday-Friday.
The research ‘Working atypical hours: what happens to family life?’ by Matt Barnes, Caroline Bryson and Ruth Smith of the National Centre for Social Research, in partnership with the Relationships Foundation’s Keep time for children initiative, included analysis of diaries completed as part of the 2000 UK Time Use Survey.
Keep time for children Chief Executive Michael Clark said: “As a society we must take collective responsibility. The effect of demanding goods and services 24/7 results in added pressure on parents, especially those with low incomes, to work unsocial hours. We are depriving children of time with their parents. Parents of school age children should be guaranteed one weekend day off each week.”