A growing number of men, including those working within the healthcare industry, are choosing to work part-time.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) published a report, which found that there is likely to be a 20 per cent increase in the number of part-time male workers by 2024.
In contrast, just seven per cent of female employees will switch to part-time working. However, there was a reduction in the number of men going into full-time work.
The UKCES report forecast a seven per cent increase in the number of women working full time, but only three per cent for men over the same period.
Speaking about the findings, Lesley Giles, research director at UKCES, said: “The increase in men working flexible hours has been catalysed by the right to shared parental leave, but seems to be gaining traction. Coupled with other changes, like the growth of jobs in sectors traditionally dominated by women, this could represent a real change in the way people work and the way we understand gender roles in the labour market.
“While part-time work is most common in low-paid professions and is largely dominated by women, this report shows the first signs of that trend changing.”
The research also found that employment growth will be particularly strong in highly skilled occupations, and this will be coupled with an increase in female professions in the run up to 2024.