Scottish firms must do more to give a work life balance

Almost 70 per cent of Scottish working parents expected to be looking after their elderly parents within a decade, the Scottish Government’s Modern Families Index has found.

Annabelle Ewing MSP (Minister For Youth and Women's Employment)

The Youth and Women’s Employment minister Annabelle Ewing said bosses should do more to ensure staff achieve a reasonable work-life balance after the report found 30 per cent of working parents are already looking after elderly relatives.

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Meanwhile, 41 per cent of the parents said that their work life was becoming increasingly stressful.

More than a third said it was affecting their relationship with their partner.

Ms Ewing said: “So many businesses are now working to a 24-hour, seven days a week timetable that expecting staff to stick to nine to five office hours is outdated.”