Childcare costs forces almost 50% of women to consider quitting work


Childcare costs forces almost 50% of women to consider quitting work

Over three-quarters (77.49%) of women say they deal with work-related emails and calls outside of working hours.

THE COST of childcare has forced almost half of working women to considered giving up their job.

That's according to a new survey by Network Ireland ahead of International Women's Day, on March 8.

Almost 500 women across the country participated in the online survey which invited women to have their say on issues like employment, childcare, health and their online experience.

Key findings include:

Employment

  • Half (49.3%) report that the cost of childcare has made them consider giving up work 
  • Over three-quarters (77.49%) of women say they deal with work-related emails and calls outside of working hours
  • Almost half (47%) report feeling discriminated against in the workplace because they’re women Healthcare:
  • A large majority of women (87%) reported feeling overwhelmed at times by the pressures of modern life 
  • More than one in four (27%) of those said they feel this way every day, while 42% say it occurs weekly 6 in 10 (60.8%) respondents say they have put off addressing their own health concerns because of cost

Online experience

  • Just over 1 in 10 (11.81%) women say they have been the victim of online abuse or harassment
  • Of those, 1 in 5 reported their experience to the relevant website/operator/Gardai, while almost half (46%) chose to ignore it.

President of Network Ireland, Louisa Meehan says: “The fact that so many women consider leaving work because of the cost of having their children cared for is distressing. This is not a choice women in Ireland should have to make. More must be done to support them to continue in their jobs, which 92% of respondents said they like, while ensuring they have access to good childcare. Having children is not a reason to hold women back from progressing their careers - it sends out the wrong message to women and to their families”.

Louisa said the survey results relating to the pressures of modern life should ring alarm bells: “Nearly 90 per cent say they feel overwhelmed at times - and over a quarter of those face it on a daily basis - where are the supports for these women? Additional government resources must now be put into helping women cope with the many demands on their talents and resilience”.

The survey’s been released ahead of International Women’s Day 2020 (March 8), an occasion that’s very close to the hearts of Network Ireland members. 

The dynamic business group held their annual event marking the date at Tulfarris House in Blessington County Wicklow, with official partners AIB. Germany’s Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency Deike Potzel and International Mental Health Wellness Consultant Rona McBrierty were among those sharing their insight and expertise with delegates, while broadcaster and founder of SpeakEasy Communications Clodagh Walsh was MC on the day.

ABOUT NETWORK IRELAND

Established in 1983, Network Ireland now has almost 1,200 members across fifteen branches around Ireland - including Network Ireland Cork and Network Ireland, West Cork. 

Each year they organise up to 200 events for members. They also run a number of flagship national events, including an International Women’s Day Celebration and the Annual Conference and Business Awards.

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