Most working women today place more emphasis on their family lives once they have children, according to a survey conducted by JobStreet.com. About 64% expect their career goals to change after having children. When asked what their career priority would be if it changes, over 61% cite more flexible working hours as their top priority. Another 16% want shorter and fixed working hours while 7% want less traveling. The remaining 15% list a higher salary as a goal.
According to the rest of the survey, Malaysian women are going back to time honoured, homemaker values. About 44% plan to stop working after having children.The most popular options are working part time, flexible hours or freelance, and taking a break from the workforce before resuming again later. When asked for the ideal duration if they were to stop working, 38% said less than one year is sufficient. Based on the survey results, Malaysian mothers’ employment trend is expected to shift in the future towards more flexible jobs.
But of the married women with children polled, over 80% did not quit their jobs after having kids. Almost half of the respondents cite not being able to afford to stop working whileonly 20% cite continuing career climb as the reason to continue working. This shows a conflict between what mothers aspire for and what they can actually have.
When it comes to their employers, there is also a gap between what employers provide and what women want. 51% felt that their employers is not sensitive to working mothers’ needs and 74% noted that their employers do not provide flexible or part time working hours option. Finally, 66% of the women polled think their company should provide childcare facilities.
About 550 women participated in the survey, of which 42% are single and 41% are married with children. Of this, 76% are between 18 and 35. The survey was carried out in April 2011 to seek the view of women on work after motherhood.