By Jonathan Davies

More than four in five of potential future parents would consider shared parental leave, according to a study by the government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Eighty-three percent of those surveyed said they would at least consider Shared Parental Leave (SPL). Interestingly, 75% of fathers said they would liked to have taken shared parental leave, had it been available when their child was born.

Shared parental leave, which comes into effect from April 2015, allows new parents to split 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay between them in their child's first year.

Employment relations minister Jo Swinson, said: “Parenting is a shared endeavour and couples want more flexibility when they are adapting to the demands of a new baby.

“Shared parental leave will let couples choose how to share their childcare responsibilities in whatever way works best for them, and enable both parents to spend time developing that vital bond with their baby in the early stages.”

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