CareerBuilder.com has released its “Mother’s Day Survey” comparing working moms and dads in categories such as salary, title, and job satisfaction. The conclusion: “While salary data indicates that female breadwinners may have a tougher time making ends meet, working moms in general tend to be happier in their jobs.”
The study was conducted between February 10 and March 14, 2014, and included 453 working moms and 375 working dads (both with kids 18 years old and younger living at home) and 2,138 hiring managers and HR professionals across different industries.
And now for the results . . . drum roll please:
- 31% of working moms and 37% of working dads report that they are the sole breadwinners in their homes.
- Working moms and dads who are the sole breadwinners in their homes are equally as likely to work in a management position, but more dads hold senior management positions (CEO, CFO, Senior VP, etc.).
- Working dads who are the sole breadwinners are twice as likely to hold a professional or technical role (57% v. 28%), and working moms who are the sole breadwinners are more than twice as likely to work in an administrative or clerical role (52% v. 23%).
- Working dads who are the sole breadwinners are four times as likely to earn 6-figures than working moms who are the sole breadwinners (24% v. 6%).
- Working moms who are the sole breadwinners are nearly twice as likely to earn less than $35,000 than working dads who are the sole breadwinners (38% v. 21%).
- 26% of both genders say they are dissatisfied with their work/life balance.
- 34% of working moms who had a baby in the last 3 years didn’t take the full maternity leave offered by their employers. 22% took 1 month or less. 11% took 2 weeks or less. 10% worked while on maternity leave.
- 54% of working dads who welcomed a new baby in the last 3 years didn’t take the full paternity leave offered by their employers. 49% took 2 weeks or less. 21% took 5 weeks or more. 22% didn’t take any time off. You may recall, I expressed RAGE over a paternity leave issue in my April 7 blog post.
- 78% of working moms report they are happy in their current roles at work, compared to 73% of working dads.
Interesting numbers, indeed. For all you moms out there, put aside your work this weekend and enjoy your Mother’s Day. You deserve it.