One of the Institute’s key research areas was under the spotlight this February,  Kate Cooper, Head of Research, Policy and Standards at The Institute of Leadership and Management joined BBC business presenter Steph McGovern to chat all things shared parental leave; and why three years on from its introduction, only 2% of fathers have taken it up.


Kate discussed why financial reasons are getting in the way of better shared parental leave take-up and how awareness of shared parental leave and its societal benefits are low.

Kate went on to discuss how employers and government can do much more to boost shared parental leave and its benefits and how the UK can learn from countries like Iceland. Key ways for higher uptake including senior leaders acting as role models and being trail blazers in sharing parental leave.


What is shared parental leave?
  • Shared parental leave (SPL) was introduced in April 2015
  • It allows parents to share 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay after they have a baby
  • Parents can take time off separately or can be at home together for up to six months
  • SPL is paid at £140.98 per week or 90% of your average earnings, whichever is lower