Less than a third of eligible men now take any paternity leave - percentage declines for fourth year in a row

The number of men taking paternity leave is continuing to fall suggests research by EMW, the commercial law firm. Approximately 31% of eligible new fathers (203,000 men) used paternity leave in the last year* versus 32% (213,000 men) in the previous year.
654,000 women took maternity leave in 2018/19.
The numbers suggest that efforts to dramatically increase the use of paternity leave are failing.
The percentage of eligible men taking paternity leave has now fallen for four years in a row having been 34% in 2014/15 (see graph below).