New families struggle to balance work and home in Spain

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FORTY per cent of people in Spain who have recently had a child have changed their job conditions or quit altogether since becoming parents.
The information was released by the first Caser Study on Family Health: Parents of the 21st century, which finds that maternity and paternity continue to impact negatively on professional careers.
Specifically, and even though 59.4 per cent of new parents continue working as usual, 25.4 per cent claimed that their work conditions had got worse since they became parents and 14.8 per cent quit their jobs.
It is women who suffer most in this situation as 34 per cent had seen their job conditions worsened and 20.6 per cent were forced to leave.
The data was obtained after interviewing 1,800 men and woman across Spain with children born from 2012, or women who were pregnant at the time of the investigation.
In addition, 68.4 per cent believed they were not spending enough times with their families due to work.
The report also found that children continue to spend more time with their mothers, 67.5 per cent of the total, than with other members of the family. Children spend an average of 18.3 per cent of their time with their fathers, 6.7 per cent with their grandparents and 5.6 per cent in nursery schools.

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