Over 95 percent Spanish women give up jobs for babies

14th April 2008, Comments 0 comments

Figures from the Labour Ministry show that childcare remains very much a female duty.

14 April 2008

MADRID - Almost 35,000 Spaniards put their careers on hold in 2007 in order to care for a new addition to their families.

Of those, 95.7 percent were women, according to figures from the Labour Ministry that suggest Spain's efforts to boost gender equality in the workplace and at home still have a long way to go.

Because childcare remains an overwhelmingly female duty, a third of women employed in the private sector or who are self-employed see becoming pregnant as a serious obstacle to their careers - a concern that is only slightly less widespread among civil servants, 23.4 percent of whom worry about a conflict between raising a child and working.

Meanwhile, the number of men who stop work for childcare duties has risen only slightly from 3.3 percent in 2005 to 4.3 percent last year.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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