70% of working parents want work-life balance in a job

Work-life balance parentsWork-life balance is the top factor that working parents consider when looking for a job, with 70% citing this, according to new research.

Commissioned by the Department for Education’s Teach in Further Education campaign, the survey consisted of responses from 1,002 working parents in England, who work both full- and part-time and all have children under the age of 18.

It revealed that the other top factors working parents consider when looking for a job are flexible working hours (43%) and a job where they can use their existing skills (26%).

Three-quarters (77%) said they remain passionate about the industry they work in, and are committed to their sector and are enthusiastic about protecting its future. In a bid to establish more flexibility in their working lives, nearly 9 in 10 (88%) would be interested in more part-time or flexible opportunities, and 80% would consider a role that helps drive new talent into their industry.

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Honey Langcaster-James, consultant psychologist, chartered academic psychologist, and TV and radio broadcaster, said: “This research shows that working parents are considering more than ever before how their working lives fit in around their family responsibilities, with many seeking part time or flexible jobs that better allow them to continue to pursue their passions in their chosen sector, while still investing sufficient time and energy in their family life.

“Many of us feel passionate about contributing to our chosen industry. This half-term many working parents will be managing with their usual juggling act of combining childcare and working life, and perhaps considering ways they can get better flexibility in their careers to make their lives a little easier in future.”