Half of childless women are so concerned about the risk children pose to their career progression that they would consider not starting a family, according to research by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
The survey of 2,000 women from a range of business sectors, half with children and half without, suggests two-thirds (67%) are worried about the impact having children would have on their career.
Of the women who don’t have children, almost one-half (49%) feel their current career doesn’t offer them the flexibility they would need to care for a family.
Among those with children, 24% have changed their career after becoming a parent, while 65% said they would consider retraining as a way to gain further flexibility in the workplace.
Balancing childcare and work commitments is cited as the main barrier to staying in employment for new mothers, with one-fifth saying a lack of support from their employer has made it difficult.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at HR Magazine – Half of women consider choosing career over family.