A recent study by leading job portal CareerBuilder.com has found that 83% of women ver the age of 25 who plan to have children are postponing starting a family to focus on their career, compared to 79% of men.
Wanting to earn and save enough money to provide for their family was the top reason given by both women and men who plan to have children (50 percent and 53 percent, respectively), followed by the desire to become more established and get ahead in their career (28 percent and 33 percent, respectively).
The nationwide survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from November 16 to December 6, 2016, among a representative sample of 3,411 U.S. full-time, private sector workers across industries and company sizes and 2,391 full-time hiring and human resources managers across industries and company sizes.
“There is a growing trend among today’s workforce — both men and women are waiting to have children until they have reached their professional and financial goals,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder in a press release.
“Despite similar reasons for postponing family plans, men and women differ widely on how much they expect to earn and at what level of position over their careers,” she said.
One in seven women who plan to have children (15%) said they are waiting until at least age 35 to start a family. Sixty-three percent are waiting until at least age 30. Men were twice as likely to postpone having children until at least age 35 at 30%. They were equally likely to wait until at least age 30 at 64%.
To read the full results of the study click here.