Singaporean working women have indicated that they place more emphasis on their families rather than their careers, according to a recent survey done by JobStreet.com. About 65% opined that their career objectives will change when they have children, in contrast with about 20% who said their professional goals will remain unchanged.
About 55% of respondents said that flexible working hours is the main priority after they have children, while 26% said that shorter and more stable working hours are most desired. Elsewhere, about 51% said that they will remain working as usual after having children, as opposed to 26% 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 31% said that they will stop working for less than a year, while 27% said that they will stop working for one to two years. About 54% of respondents said they cannot afford to stop working, when asked about why they resumed working, while only 11% cited the continuation of their career climb as their reason.
On another note, about 67% of respondents said that their companies do not provide flexible or part-time working hours for mothers, with only 19% saying that their companies do provide such flexibility. About 39% said that their companies are not sensitive to the needs of working mothers, with only 22% saying that their companies are considerate to working mothers.
On a final note, about 59% of working women surveyed opined that their companies should be thoughtful enough to provide childcare facilities, in contrast to only 21% who do not think so.
About 500 working women in Singapore participated in the survey in April 2011.