Women driven by workplace skills
Release Date: 26 September 2005
Research conducted by Hobsons has revealed that women are more focused on developing long-term workplace skills than men – women being prepared to change jobs in order to get better training opportunities. In the new Hobsons Young Professionals Recruitment Review, 21% of women surveyed cited lack of training in their first career job as a major reason for moving on, as opposed to only 3% of men. Men surveyed were salary-focused and saw moving on to a more highly paid job as the most effective form of career progression.
Though having a longer-term outlook may have benefits for the young professional woman, it may also be a factor in the discrepancy between earning power of men and women at this stage in their careers. In their current career jobs, the women surveyed were earning on average nearly £4,000 less per year than men.
Men may be enjoying the benefits of earning more in the early stages of their careers but they are also suffering more from stress - even in their first career job. By taking jobs with higher salaries men, it seems, are under increased pressure. 21% of men chose to move on from their first job stating it was ‘too stressful’, whereas only 5% of women said this was a major factor in their decision to change jobs.