Recently, Nationwide savings revealed the results of their third national survey. Research was carried out among 2000 working adults with school age children and 2000 working adults without children.
The results reveal the struggles many parents face in balancing school and work holidays so that the whole family can have a break together. The main findings were:
73% of British parents will have to split their leave this summer.
9% regularly go away with their children without their partner, due to work pressures. This is more common amongst younger parents (25-34).
25% have said their child was ill in order to have a term-time holiday. Again this is more common for younger parents, with 31% of 25-34 willing to risk a fine, compared to 22% of those aged 45-54.
The West Midlands had the highest rate of parents admitting to this, at 29%.
81% of parents have difficulty in booking time off for holidays themselves, with 45% saying this makes them feel guilty.
28% said work-place etiquette dictates that they should not book leave in school holiday periods, and 45% of those without children admitted they felt frustrated that colleagues with families always get Christmas/summer off work.
Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, Nationwide’s Head of Savings Policy, stressed that holidays are an “essential part” of family life, but that the research shows “planning a family holiday can be a tricky process” and that parents have to contend not only with financial pressures but also with “the impact on family and working relationships”.