Filipino working women have indicated that they place more importance on their families rather than their careers, according to a recent survey done by JobStreet.com. About 73% opined that their career objectives will change when they have children, in contrast with a mere 18% who said their professional goals will remain unchanged.
About 48% of respondents said that flexible working hours is the main priority after they have children, while 36% said that higher salaries are most preferred. Elsewhere, about 47% said that they will remain working as usual after having children, as opposed to 29% who said that they will resume later after a brief period of non-work.
When asked about how long their non-work period is, about 50% said that they will stop working for less than a year, while 21% said that they will stop working for one to two years. About 40% of respondents said they cannot afford to stop working, when asked about why they resumed working, while only 15% cited the continuation of their career climb as their reason.
On another note, about 68% of respondents said that their companies do not provide flexible or part-time working hours for mothers, with only 24% saying that their companies do provide such flexibility. About 36% said that their companies are not sensitive to the needs of working mothers, but an optimistic 40% saying that their companies are considerate to working mothers.
On a final note, about 65% of working women surveyed opined that their companies should be thoughtful enough to provide childcare facilities, in contrast to only 22% who do not think so.
About 300 working women in the Philippines participated in the survey in April 2011.