One in six parents ‘calling in sick for half term’, claims survey

We saw an article on the CIPD website which surprised us, would you lie to your employer to cover childcare during holidays? According to a surevy caried out by Vouchercodes lots of parents are having to lie to their employers due to the costs of childcare and the lack of annual leave and flexibale working hours.

We saw an article on the CIPD website which surprised us, would you lie to your employer to cover childcare during holidays? According to a survey carried out by Vouchercodes lots of parents are having to lie to their employers due to the costs of childcare and the lack of annual leave and flexible working hours.

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Up to a sixth of working parents planned to call in sick to look after their children over this week’s half term school holiday, the survey has claimed. Some 16% of parents admitted that they would be dishonestly taking at least some of the week off work, partly to avoid additional childcare costs. Overall, one-quarter of those canvassed said that they had booked annual leave over half term, and a further quarter were paying for childcare.

Many working parents were planning to leave their children with relatives, while another 10% reported that their children would be taking part in a sports or activities week.

Perhaps surprisingly, 9% of respondents were intending to take their children into work with them.

The study also asked respondents about the extra cost of childcare for half term, with the average amount emerging as £217.

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One in four said that they planned to call in sick for the whole week, one-third were aiming for two to three days, and 37% intended to take one day off pretending to be unwell. When asked if their boss would suspect that they were not really ill, a third conceded that their manager probably did realise, but 54% of these respondents believed that their boss “understood” the reasons behind it, so they did not expect to get into trouble for their deceit.

“Childcare costs can be eye watering at times so it’s not surprising that some parents look at alternatives to paying them,” commented Matthew Wood of Vouchercloud. “With school holidays generally longer than allocated holidays for the average job, childcare during this period is a problem that many parents can relate to. At least some bosses appear to be understanding though – in fact, it’s probably a situation that they may encounter themselves if they are parents too.”

So what did you do this half term? Pull a sickie? Rely on grandparents and friends or have to pay out for childcare? We’d love to hear how you coped…

The full article can be found here on the CIPD website.

 

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