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Surveys show the need for more flexible working for mums and dads.

As more and more women are staying in the workplace after having children - and often full time - parents are demanding greater flexibility, but dads are still being held back by old-fashioned policies and fears that their employer will react negatively to requests to work flexibly, according to two new surveys.

While's annual survey, sponsored by McDonald's, shows 59% of mums say their partner doesn't work flexibly and only 4% say their partner works part time, a survey of dads shows overwhelming demand for flexible working among men with 73% saying they are considering seeking it, but 72% fearing their employer's reaction if they do.

The survey highlights the way society is changing: 22.5% of the over 2,400 mums who took part are...

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