Burnout and family life are leading more women to consider quitting their jobs


Two-fifths (40 per cent) of Irish women have considered quitting their job in the last year due to burnout and family commitments.

On the eve of International Women’s Day, a survey of 1,500 working-age adults by jobs site Indeed found that one-third (33 percent) of women would quit because of exhaustion, rising to 55 percent for those aged 45 to 64.

Almost a quarter (22 percent) said they found it too difficult to balance work and domestic responsibilities, rising to 37 percent for women aged 35 to 44.

“Particularly striking is the high number of women considering exiting the labor market due to a lack of support, underscoring the importance of employers doing more to create a supportive work environment,” said Glenda Kirby, vice president of client success at Indeed.

“A seat at the table isn’t enough if employees don’t feel like they belong there.”

While a majority of both men and women think their workplace pays the same, 30 percent of women think men are generally better paid at their company than 17 percent of men.

Later this year, Irish listed companies with more than 250 employees will have to report on the differences between average (and median) hourly wages and bonuses for men and women – and explain why there are gaps.

German retail giant Lidl today became the first retailer to release gender pay data, announcing an average (or “median”) gender pay gap of 6.2 percent for 2021.

The figure is down a third from 8.8 per cent in 2020 and is below the Irish average of 11.3 per cent (and 14.1 per cent in the EU).

Lidl said there was no difference between men’s and women’s median hourly wages – the median between the highest and lowest wages – but was taking further action to close the gap between its 5,000 Irish workers.

Lidl offers flexible working hours, talent and mentoring programs, social leave, extended maternity leave and menopausal support.

“We firmly believe in the positive impact that a zero gender pay gap can have, not only on our own colleagues but also on Ireland’s society and economy,” said Maeve McCleane, Chief People Officer and CEO of Lidl Ireland.

Eir, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB are among Irish companies that publish voluntary reports on the gender pay gap, while Dalata Hotels and Ryanair have published reports under UK law. Burnout and family life are leading more women to consider quitting their jobs

Fry Electronics Team

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