New Survey Compares Working Mothers & Fathers to Job Satisfaction

working motherAccording to a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder, gender is compared to income, career advancement and job satisfaction. Per results, female breadwinners tend to have a tougher time making ends meet while working moms are happier on the job.

Working dads who are the breadwinner in their household were nearly twice as likely to report holding a professional or technical role. This equates to 57 percent compared to 28 percent of working moms. And working moms who are the sole breadwinners were twice as likely to say they work in an administrative or clerical role to the tune of 52 percent compared to 23 percent of men. 

Consider this equal opportunity struggling. Seriously, we shouldn’t jest but both working moms and working dads continue to struggle by juggling professional and personal responsibilities. In fact, more than one-quarter said they are not satisfied with their work-life balance.

As for maternity leave, more than one-third of working mothers who gave birth in the past three years didn’t take the entire maternity leave they were eligible to receive. To that point, more than half of working fathers who welcomed a newborn within the past three years didn’t take their full paternity leave.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder and working mom, explains in the press release:

“Financial concerns, demanding roles and the pressure to stay on top at work may be influencing early returns from maternity or paternity leave. While sentiments around work/life balance are improving with the advent of flexible work arrangements and telecommuting, it is something working moms and dads will continue to chase after.”

Interestingly enough, overall working moms earn less than working dads and yet they feel more content in their jobs. As for parents looking to reenter the workforce, 65 percent of employers in the survey indicated that parenting can qualify as relevant experience on a resume. This includes skills such as patience, multi-tasking, time and conflict management.

Haefner mentions, “The skills you develop as a parent to teach, troubleshoot, manage multiple priorities and arbitrate are very transferable to corporate environments. If you’re a parent getting back into the workforce or first joining it, incorporate what you learned from those work experiences at home.”