Women Less Employable After Starting a Family – Says Robert Walters Survey
In a recent Employee Insights Survey of female professionals in Japan, 77% of respondents believe women are less employable if they decide to start a family. In contrast, only 3% feel women are more employable, while 20% believe starting a family does not affect a woman’s chances of being re-hired. With more women in Japan possessing the business experience and specialised skill sets necessary for globalising companies, this perception will discourage female professionals from re-entering the workforce following childbirth.
For working mothers, the biggest challenges centred on balancing a career and family. 48% of respondents feel that long working hours make it difficult for mothers to re-enter the workforce and 24% believe a challenge is finding suitable childcare services. Job-related issues such as limited promotion opportunities (11%) and finding a challenging or motivating position (10%) were also concerns for professionals following maternity leave.
August 20, 2012