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Study finds most men would rather spend more time with family and take pay cut

Most men want to spend less time at work and more time with their families Photo: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Most men want to spend less time at work and more time with their families, even if that would result in a drop in how much they earn.

That's according to a major study on employment carried out by a sociologist at the University of Leicester.

The University of Leicester's Dr Shireen Kanji, and Dr Robin Samuel, of the University of Bern, analysed data on the working lives of more than 4,000 men in twelve European countries, including the UK.

58%
Percentage of men who are the main household earner and want to spend more time at home
15%
Percentage of men who are the main household earner and want to work more

The study found that men viewed seeing their partner as just as important as seeing their children. Male breadwinners with a partner and no children were as keen to spend more time at home as men with both a partner and children.

We show that male breadwinners are at a higher risk of overwork and this is related to the job interfering with their family life, a specific form of work-life conflict.

The implication is that male breadwinners feel constrained from participating as fully as they desire in family life, even if they do not have children.

– Dr Shireen Kanji and Dr Robin Samuel