Nearly 50% of India’s working women more Stressed With Work From Home & Childcare due to COVID-19 – Insiderfolks, Working from home has proved problematic for working mothers in India. Around 31% of working mothers actually have full-time childcare, compared to just 17% of working fathers, according to the LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index.
Based on the survey of 2,254 professionals in India, results from the weeks of 27 July-23 August indicate the pandemic effect on working mothers and working women in India and the tentative optimism of freelancers regarding personal finances and job prospects.
The survey says that overall trust in India is increasing gradually, with a composite score of +57 (up from +53 on the 15th of July 13-26).
Data suggests that the pandemic is taking a toll on the mental well-being of Indian working women, as 47% experience more tension or anxiety due to the pandemic.
For males, this statistic was 38%, showing a disproportionate effect on women during these research cycles. The study further highlights the complexities of parenting after the pandemic.
More than 44% of working mothers work outside their business hours to provide childcare, nearly twice as many men (25%).
Data also show that single mothers are more likely to bear the brunt of disruptions from parenting while men seek help from friends and relatives.
The survey reveals that only 20% of working mothers depend on a family member or friend to take care of their son, compared with 32% of males.
Findings also show that more than 46% of working mothers report working until late to work, and 42% are unable to work with their children at home.
“One aspect is the balance of workplace and household work, the majority of which is carried out by women.
Studies indicate increased involvement by men since the pandemic, but women also devote much of their time caring for children,” said Neha Bagaria, CEO of JobsForHer on parental inequalities.
In other results, Indian freelancers registered tentative optimism about personal finances and job opportunities with an overall individual confidence score of +46.
Findings reveal that almost 1 in 4 freelancers foresee an improvement in their earned income (25%) and personal investments (27%), although approximately 1 in 3 (31%) expect their spending to improve over the next 6 months.
“The pandemic has exacerbated the temporary workers’ market, and this development is likely to persist in the near term for two reasons,” says Suraj Moraje, Group CEO of a personnel company.
“One, some businesses are hesitant to assume responsibility for new permanent jobs as the market forecast remains grim. And two, corporations tend to bring specialist expertise to a range of positions,” he adds.
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