November 28, 2013 12:10
One in five working women quit their jobs after tying the knot. Statistics Korea on Wednesday said a total of 1.95 million working women quit their jobs because of pregnancy, childcare and other reasons.
Analysis of a survey conducted in April shows that women in their 30s made up the largest portion, demonstrating that women are leaving the workforce at the peak of their productivity. A total of 1.08 million or 55 percent were in their 30s. Some 27 percent were in their 40s and 11 percent between 15 and 29.
The main reasons for quitting were marriage with 46 percent, followed by childcare (29 percent), pregnancy or childbirth (21 percent) and children’s education (four percent).
There was a 15.8 percent rise compared to the previous year in the number of women who said they quit their jobs to raise their kids. In contrast, the number of women who said they quit due to pregnancy or childbirth fell 13.6 percent.
The proportion of women in their 30s who quit their jobs due to childcare stood at 34 percent, up five percentage points compared to the previous year. In other words, many women who initially manage to balance work with marriage later end up quitting to devote themselves to raising their kids.
Kim Jae-won at Samsung Economic Research Institute said, "The reality is that married women have a tough time balancing work and childcare if they don't get help from others." Kim added that more efforts need to be made on increasing childcare facilities rather than boosting childcare support payments.
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