A survey of 2,000 employed people in the UK, carried out by OnePoll and commissioned by Coople, reveals one in six women (16 per cent) are juggling more than one job and three per cent of these have three or more jobs.
With 14 million women in the UK now working this means 2.24million women have more than one job, and 420,000 have three or more.
On top of multiple professional roles, a recent survey by Oxfam shows British women do more of the domestic tasks in their households, with women in both fulltime and part-time employment contributing to a greater share of the household responsibilities. The poll illuminates that over two thirds (67 per cent) of women feel they do the bulk of housework compared to nearly one fifth (18 per cent) of men.
Coople’s survey reveals 75 per cent of these time-starved working women who don’t have flexible working hours, ‘wish they did’.
Moreover 72 per cent of the working women surveyed, state that flexible working has affected, or would affect, their lives for the better. Specifically, 48 per cent feel it has impacted or would impact their personal life positively, 26 per cent say it has reduced or would reduce their stress levels and 15 per cent feel flexible working has increased or would increase their productivity.
Coople has observed evidence of this on their flexible working platform: in fact 65 per cent of their UK job applicants, and 78 per cent of returning applicants are made up of females.
Whilst the survey results show that almost a fifth of women work more than one job, a large, and perhaps surprising, proportion (33 per cent) do so out of choice, stating “I like it”.
Predictably, for women the primary purpose for an additional job/jobs is to earn more money (64 per cent), however nearly a third (29 per cent) say their main reason for an additional job is to learn new skills. Coople supports and fulfills this desire through its app, which regularly suggests returning job hunters to try out new roles.
Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of women state they have another role ‘for variety and to experience new environments’, 15 per cent do so ‘as a hobby’, eight per cent because they are looking to move into another industry and two per cent say they work for two or more companies to meet new people.
Jacques de la Bouillerie, MD of Coople, commented: “The findings that many British women often now juggle two or more paid jobs, as well as household activities mean it’s never been so important for Britain to wake up to flexible working. Not only do these findings highlight the positive effects for employees who have the ability to work flexibility, they also reveal the benefits to the employer – such as increased productivity. I’d go as far to say that these findings also shed light on a wider trend for the definition of ‘flexible working’ in the future: not just flexible hours, but also flexible work lives.”