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Flexible working a barrier to career progression for both men and women

A new survey from My Confidence Matters, in association with Capability Jane Recruitment, has highlighted that around a third of women and men felt a lack of flexible working has impacted their career to date, with 43% stating health and wellbeing as another key factor.

The research, which looked at career confidence and progression, found that, out of 2,500 respondents, 85% of female respondents wanted to reach a more senior position at work, but felt their progression (nearly 35%) had been impacted by a lack of flexible working.

However, these issues aren’t just for women as 30% of men cited lack of flexible working, with more stating that personal relationships (37%), had impacted their career choices to date.

Caroline Doherty, Commercial Director, Capability Jane says: ‘The need to work flexibly isn’t a women-only issue. It’s something that impacts all genders. We know that being able to work flexible hours improves health and wellbeing – we see the two as intrinsically linked – so it’s little surprise these two factors were the main contributors to slowing down career progression.’

This isn’t an issue connected to a specific age group or generation either. In fact, a staggering 54% of under 35s said health and wellbeing had impacted their career, with 36% saying a lack of flexibility. A significant indicator that younger people are very much moving away from the traditional 9-5.

Joy Burnford, My Confidence Matters, says: ‘For those women who are unable to work flexibly, while juggling life and family, it’s little surprise they feel uncertain about progressing their careers. The fact that men also have concerns around how promotion would impact their work-life balance goes to show that this is an issue that needs to be addressed.’

These figures were taken from the report, ‘Getting to Equal: Career Confidence and the Path to Leadership.’ You can download a copy here.

Author: Lisa Doherty, Digital Marketing Executive, Capability Jane