Survey: 74% of women turn down jobs due to work-life balance concerns

Having a life outside of work is so important to women in Singapore that 74 per cent of them have turned down a job due to work-life balance concerns, a recent survey found. For men, that figure was 50 per cent.

The online survey, conducted last November by research company Accenture, surveyed 100 respondents from Singapore across medium to large-sized companies. Respondents were evenly split by gender, with an average age of 43.

In addition, men and women here define career success differently reported the survey. Recognition of one's contributions was the defining factor for career success for 66 per cent of female respondents. Meanwhile, 64 per cent of male professionals considered money to be the hallmark of career achievement.

The survey also found that technology has a mixed influence on work-life balance. Some 83 per cent of respondents said technology gave them more flexibility with their schedules but 88 per cent felt that it intruded into their personal lives. Accenture released its findings in conjunction with the upcoming International Women's Day on March 8.