Happy Father’s Day to all you dads!
This Sunday, June 17, is Father’s Day and as we have lots of dads working among our recruitment team, and also among our candidates, we’d like to give a shout out to them here.
Why Father’s Day?
Father’s Day dates back to the Middle Ages in Catholic Europe and was traditionally celebrated on St Joseph’s Day on March 19 – indeed, Spain, Portugal and Italy still celebrate on this day.
It took off in the US in the 20th century, where they opted to celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June. The US, Europe and some 70 countries from Argentina to Zambia stick to this day.
Here are a few fun facts about Father’s Day:
- The daughter of an American Civil War veteran, Sonora Smart Dodd, led the efforts for fathers to be recognized after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon at her church. Her father had cared for his six children after their mother passed away while giving birth to the sixth child.
- In 1972, President Nixon finally signed it into law and Father’s Day became a permanent national holiday in the US.
- For years the number of stay-at-home dads in the UK had been rising, but September 2017 figures from the Office of National Statistics suggest this trend is now reversing, with 232,000 men opting out of the workplace - the lowest number since 2014, and a sharp drop against a pattern which had been steadily increasing since 1993.
- Mother’s Day is the busiest for phone calls, but Father’s Day is the busiest for collect (or reverse charge) calls.
- In 2008, students in some regions of Scotland were not allowed to make Father's Day cards at school for fear of upsetting those with single mothers.
- We spend more on our mums than on our dads. In the US, the average amount spent on gifts per dad last year was $135 (£106), according to the National Retail Federation. By contrast, Americans spent an average of $186 on Mother's Day presents.
- Father’s Day is the fourth most popular day to send greetings cards. Top is Christmas, followed by Valentine’s Day and then Mother’s Day.
- The oldest ‘new’ dad in the world is thought to be Ramjit Raghav, who claimed to father his first child with his wife at the age of 94, and his second aged 96.
And finally, a father’s right to paid paternity leave is applicable in at least 66 countries. In the UK, dads can get up to two weeks’ paternity leave, but shared parental leave is also available, where mums and dads share the leave between them.
If you’re a dad, then have a wonderful Father’s Day. And if you’re a dad looking for new employment opportunities, why not get in touch with the team here at 24-7 Staffing.