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Working dads earn more than men without children, report finds

Working fathers earn 21% more than their childless male counterparts, according to the TUC's study. Credit: PA

Working fathers get paid a fifth more than men in similar jobs without children, according a new report published by the TUC.

The survey found that dads who work full-time have on average a 21% "wage bonus". Working fathers with two children earn even more (9%) compared to those with just one child.

Researchers suggest that the fatherhood wage boost may be down to dads working longer hours and putting in more effort in the office compared to their childless counterparts.

Positive discrimination could be another factor helping to push up fathers' earnings, the TUC said.

Conversely, the report found that women who become mothers before the age of 33 typically suffer a 15% wage penalty.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: "It says much about current attitudes that men with children are seen as more committed by employers, while mothers are still often treated as liabilities."

While men play a much more active role in raising their children nowadays, many are afraid to request flexible working or time off in case it damages their career prospects.

We won’t break this cycle unless fathers are given access to independent paid leave to look after their kids, that isn’t shared with their partners.

And we need more decently paid jobs to be available on a reduced hours or flexible work basis. This would reduce the motherhood pay penalty and enable more dads to take work that fits with their parenting responsibilities.

– Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary

A recent poll by the Fawcett Society found that 29% of respondents believe fathers are more committed to their jobs after having a baby, while 46% believe women are less committed after giving birth.