The number of stay-at-home dads in the UK has risen by a third since before the pandemic, new data shows.
Analysis of Office for National Statistics data shows that one in nine stay-at-home parents are now fathers, up from one in 14 in 2019.
The number of fathers who had left jobs to look after their children rose by 34 per cent over the same period.
Between July and September this year, 141,000 fathers did not have a paid job and stayed at home, compared with 105,000 during the same period in 2019.
Stay-at-home dads are still in the minority, but data shows that during the same period the number of stay-at-home mums dropped by 11 per cent.
In July to September this year there were 1.2 million mothers out of the workforce due to family reasons, compared with 1.3 million during the same period in 2019.
The number of men who are not currently part of the workforce due to family reasons rose by 5 per cent in October 2022 compared with the same period in 2019, while that of women dropped by 16 per cent.
Adrienne Burgess, a joint CEO of the Fatherhood Institute, told The Guardian that the amount of time fathers spend looking after their children in the UK increased steadily from the 1970s until the mid-2000s but then plateaued.
She said: “Fathers had essentially been trimming time off sleep and personal leisure and looking after their children instead, but by 2015 that had reached its limit of possibilities.
“It does seem that the pandemic has been the catalyst for change.”
Ms Burgess said the change was “fantastic news for families”.
She added: “If mothers work more, they earn more, the gender earnings gap drops, and it gives them more power.
“More egalitarian power in families is associated with all sorts of better outcomes for children.”