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CYPRUS: Most Cypriots do not change work schedule to fit in with child care

13 September, 2018

The overwhelming majority of employees in Cyprus manage to tackle their work and family life without changing their working conditions, official data indicates.

Some 63.5% of employees make no use of professional childcare services, while 24% use professional childcare services for all the children of the family and 12.5% use such services only for some of their children.
The main reason Cypriots snub childcare services is because care is arranged by the parents themselves (40.7%), the support of grandparents or others (34.4%) or because the children are able to take care of themselves (18.5%).
Only a small minority of 4.8% of employees said they did not turn to professional childcare due to a lack of such services, the cost involved or the quality of service.
A significant 81.2% of Cypriots said they did not adapt their working conditions to facilitate their childcare responsibilities, while only 12% made arrangements, such as changing their working schedule.
The figures reveal that 67.8% of the employees do not encounter any obstacles in reconciling work and family life, whereas 94.8% of them have used only maternity or paternity leave as part of work interruption for childcare reasons.