Men now make up 10 per cent of those who care for children


New research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that men now make up 10 per cent of those who care for children, according to

The data shows that there were 227,000 men staying at home to look after their family in the months between September and November last year. This is a rise of 19,000 from 2011 figures from the same time period.

Experts suggest that more fathers might now be working from home, due to the recession, after not being able to find another role.

It is also thought some men are prospering in austerity but leaving their wives to be the breadwinners if they are on a higher wage.

The results were welcomed by Jenny Garrett, the author of 'Rocking Your Role', a guide for women who earn the main salary in their family.

She told "The figures don't surprise me. I think it's a lot to do with the sectors that have been hit most by the current economic climate, which in the private sector were quite male dominated."

Ms Garrett continued: "Many men are now having to think about whether to retrain or possibly take a job that is not as highly paid, and asking whether it is worth their while if their partner is in a good job."

Overall, there are now more than 2.3 million people that are classed as "economically inactive" in the UK, as they are looking after children.

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