COVID-19 put women’s careers on hold

22, March

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a detrimental impact on women’s careers, according to new research from LinkedIn. ...

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a detrimental impact on women’s careers, according to new research from LinkedIn.

The study of more than 20,000 working professionals from around the world, released today on International Women’s Day 2021, found that 49% of women say their career has been set back or put on hold due to the global pandemic.

At the same time, LinkedIn’s data showed that 43% of women globally have left or considered leaving the workforce during the pandemic, and over a quarter (26%) say their employer has offered no support.

The research also found that almost half of women in the UK (40%) and Italy (45%) believe their careers have been set back or put on hold due to the pandemic, compared to 34% in France and 38% in Germany.

Furthermore, 44% of women globally say they have taken on more domestic responsibilities than their partner during the pandemic. This was experienced most by women in Brazil (59%) and India (67%) where women have taken on caring responsibilities not only for their children, but also for elderly and vulnerable parents and family members.

The increasing pressures on women at work and at home is making many reconsider their options. The research finds that Indian (66%), US (43%) and UK (41%) women were most likely to have left or considered leaving the workforce – temporarily or permanently. In the UK, stress (57%), too much responsibility at home and work (33%), and lack of childcare (14%) were the top reasons cited.

According to LinkedIn’s data, on average women globally applied to 11% fewer jobs compared to men last year. The countries that saw the biggest gap in women applying for roles were the US (16%), Mexico (15%), Germany (13%), Australia (12%) and France (11%). In the UK, women applied to 4% fewer jobs than men.

More than half, or 56%, of women in Japan say their employer has provided no support during the pandemic. The UK fared better in comparison to other European countries, with 30% of women surveyed agreeing their employer had provided mental health support and training, and another 35% say they have been offered flexible working during this time.

Janine Chamberlin, Senior Director at LinkedIn, said, “It’s clear that Covid-19 is having a devastating impact on women’s careers. Women have been more adversely affected by disruptions to the retail, travel and leisure industries which employ a relatively greater share of women and often aren’t remote-ready roles. Our data also clearly shows women are applying to fewer roles and are also taking on a disproportionate share of care responsibilities.”

“Companies can play a major part in ensuring that we get back on track by implementing progressive workplace policies to offer greater flexibility to care givers, carefully considering the language of jobs adverts and employer branding to encourage female applicants, and expanding talent pools to entice a broader spectrum of talent and skills, can make a big difference when it comes to hiring more women into the workplace,” Chamberlin added.

 

Source: SIA