How Flexible Are Aussie Workplaces For Working Parents?

Attitudes of working parents

It’s fair to say that having a child changes everything. In addition to being responsible for a precious human you’ve brought into the world, parents have to adjust not only their schedules—but everything in their lives to accommodate their child. One of the hardest things to balance in this “new normal”, is work. And recently, things have become even more difficult for parents than they used to be.

Years of low wage growth, the rising cost of living in Australia’s major cities, and growing workplace flexibility are all contributing to an increase in parents returning to full-time work before their children reach school age.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 21% of couples with at least one child under the age of five, have both parents working full time. This has increased from only 14% of working parents ten years ago. 

Flexibility is becoming commonplace, but isn’t without its issues

According to recent research conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Indeed, 84% of respondents say their workplace provides them with flexible working options. On paper, this sounds great. Though, whilst in theory this enables working parents to better juggle work and home commitments, we wanted to get a better idea of what flexible working actually looks like in Australia— and how well it’s serving Aussie mums and dads.

Keen to know more? See the infographic below for a snapshot into the impact of flexible working arrangements on working parents in Australia.

Methodology: Censuswide on behalf of Indeed to survey 2,000 working parents in Australia in September 2019.

Flexible working in Australia

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