37% of women said they checked in on work via email and messaging outside of working hours.

work-related stress

Inews reports that women are suffering more work-related stress than men, as the pandemic causes a double-whammy of job insecurity and more responsibilities in the home, figures released suggest.

The findings emerged in a survey by the professional networking site LinkedIn, which said that 73 per cent of women respondents had reported employment stress in the past month compared with 57 per cent of men.

The researchers pointed to a strain on women’s work-life balances being at the heart of the problem.

Working from home

Thirty-seven per cent of women said they checked in on work via email and messaging outside of working hours, while only 29 per cent of men did the same.

And 55 per cent of women reported taking less time off this year, compared with 46 per cent of men.

“The pandemic is taking a particularly heavy toll on women and their careers,” said Emily Spaven, the UK Editor of LinkedIn News.

“We have already seen that women have been more likely to lose their jobs in this recession, which is even more worrying when LinkedIn’s data show that women have also been less likely to start a new job during the pandemic.”

Job hunting

She pointed to data shared earlier this month by LinkedIn, looking specifically at people over 30 who are most likely to have additional caring responsibilities, which showed that women have consistently made up less than half of successful applicants for new jobs since the start of the pandemic.

This is despite more women than men spending additional time jobhunting. The latest index shows that 45 per cent of women are spending more time than they did last year looking for work, whereas the same is true for only a third of men.

Ms Spaven added: “If we are going to create a fair recovery, we have to recognise the impact the pandemic is having on individuals and offering greater flexibility to women and working parents who are balancing ever-more demanding workloads.”

Research from the London School of Economics shows that women are more likely than men to lose their jobs and take on extra childcare and housework in the pandemic.

(Story source: Inews)

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