3 in 4 women want to head back to work after birth

3 in 4 women want to head back to work after birth

More mothers here want to return to work after giving birth.

Just over three quarters of married women - 77 per cent - polled for the latest Marriage and Parenthood Study say they want to rejoin the workforce after having a child, up from 62 per cent in both 2004 and 2007, when the study was also done.

The women are quite equally split between those who want part-time jobs and those who want full-time ones.

But there has been a significant jump among those who would rather work part-time: the figure is now 40 per cent, up from 19 per cent in 2007 and 21 per cent in 2004.

In a statement containing the key findings of the 2012 study, the National Population and Talent Division of the Prime Minister's Office said: "This suggests that part-time opportunities and more workplace flexibility could encourage women to remain in or return to the workforce."

The study polled 4,646 single and married Singaporeans aged 21 to 45 years to shed light on Singaporeans' attitudes towards and motivations for marriage and parenthood.

The government is soon to release a White Paper reviewing Singapore's population policies.

In the findings of the study unveiled yesterday, the number of women - singles included - who want a job and family at the same time has not changed much since 2004, when the study was first done: Four in five or 80 per cent want to be working mums, against 81 per cent in 2007 and 79 per cent in 2004.

Where work-life balance is concerned, many study participants said it was good, but could be better. Among singles, 65 per cent say they are exhausted after each work day; 42 per cent say they don't have time to date.

Among married women, about the same number - 62 per cent - say they are worn out after work; 54 per cent say they have little quality time with their families.

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