Specialists of the SuperJob job search service conducted a survey of residents of Russia to find out with whom they leave their children if they have to work on the May holidays. It turned out that 15 per cent of working parents of elementary school students plan to leave their children at home alone from May 4 to 7, and 6 per cent of kindergarteners’ parents have to take their children to work.
According to experts, despite the fact that in Russia this year it is allowed not to work on the May holidays, every second company decided to adhere to the standard work schedule. So, Russians working from May 4 to May 7 are urgently looking for someone to look after their children during this period. Almost half (48 per cent) of parents of kindergarteners said that a mom or dad will stay with a child, that is, one of the parents will take a vacation or a day off at their own expense, someone will work remotely or are not currently employed.
The fact that they will have to ask for help from relatives was stated by 21 per cent of the respondents; 6 per cent have to take preschoolers with them to work and 7 per cent asked neighbours, family friends, or a nanny to look after their children. Only 12 per cent of the respondents pin their hopes on kindergartens where a “duty group” is organized, that is, a group that is working for children of different ages specifically for moments when parents are unable to leave their child at home.
As for the parents of elementary school students, 51 per cent of the respondents plan that one of the parents who does not work or works remotely will stay with a child and perhaps one of the parents will take a vacation or time off. In turn, 22 per cent will ask for help from relatives, and 15 per cent will take a risk and leave their children at home alone. However, 2 per cent of respondents will have to take their children with them to the office.