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Study: Dads like breadwinner role but want time with kids


Some interesting statistics coming out of CareerBuilder.com’s pre-Father’s Day poll of working dads.

In a nutshell, the poll of 797 dads who work full-time found that fewer fathers would be willing to let their spouse or significant other be the main breadwinner, but many were still willing to take a pay cut in exchange for more time with the family.

CareerBuilder did the survey online between Feb. 20 and March 1, focusing on dads who are not self-employed and work full-time, with at least one child under 18 living at home.

Among the findings:
• 31% said they would leave their jobs if their significant other earned enough to support the family — down from 37% last year and 49% back in 2005.
• 30% said they were nonetheless willing to take a pay cut in exchange for having more time with their children — down from 37% last year — while 40% would consider a pay cut of 10% or more.
• 50% said they missed a significant event in the child’s life in the past year due to work, while 28% said they’ve missed more than three such events over that time span.
• 39% spend two hours or less with their kids during an average workday, while 14% spend one hour or less.
• 31% percent bring work home with them at least once a week — up from 25% last year.

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