Most working moms rank flexible hours as their top criteria when considering a new job, according to a report by Indeed Flex. Of those surveyed, 67% ranked flexible hours above competitive pay. In addition, 32% of respondents said they left their full-time job to pursue temporary and flexible work options during the pandemic.
“Work flexibility is a must with all the commitments and uncertainties that parenthood brings,” Stacey Lane, general manager at Indeed Flex US, said in a press release. “Short and long-term temporary work options not only allow mothers to continue to provide for their families while strengthening their skills but also free up childcare costs and allow them to spend more precious time with their children by letting them set their work schedules.”
When asked about what they look for in a new job, 67% of moms ranked flexible hours as most important while 63% chose competitive pay, according to the report. Fifty-two percent of moms chose benefits, and 48% chose long-term stability.
The report noted that in the past three years, 59% of moms reported childcare as a source of stress, while 91% said flexible work arrangements helped them strike a better balance between work and family. In addition, 89% said flexible and temporary work options provide them with opportunities to earn a solid income, and 72% said it improved their ability to find steady work.
Source: Staffing Industry Analysts