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One out of 5 people on parental leave in S. Korea are fathers Updated: 2020-01-23 10:13:10 KST

One out of five people on parental leave in the country are men.
According to the Labor Ministry on Wednesday, around 22-thousand fathers were on paternity leave last year, breaking that 20-thousand mark for the first time.
The number of men taking paternity leave surged 26 percent last year compared to the previous year.
And as well as those taking paternity leave, almost 6-thousand fathers last year reduced their working hours during their childcare period.
Although more than half of those fathers work in large businesses with at least 300 employees, the number of men from smaller firms taking paternity leave saw a larger increase.
Adding that more smaller companies will offer paternity leave in the future, the ministry attributed the overall rise to more effective systems and policies and a rise in shared responsibility for childcare between parents.
Starting next February, parents can take paternity leave at the same time for the same child.
This means couples who are both on paternity leave can take up to 80 percent of their salary for the first three months of leave.
In addition, leave will be available for parents who live apart from their children, which is expected to encourage people, especially fathers, to spend time taking care of their kids.
The government will also increase childcare benefits by providing around 86 dollars a month to the parents of all children under seven years old, raising the upper limit from the current 6 years.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.
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