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62% of Singaporeans still have no flexibility at work

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With nearly 95% of care-givers in Singapore holding down jobs, a majority have admitted they are struggling with time management.

According to a survey of 3,635 local care-givers by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) U Family, 60% of working care-givers said they find it a challenge to balance their time between work and helping care for children, aged parents and/or family members with special needs.

In the survey, care-givers stated they do not receive adequate support from their employers; 62% said they were not offered any flexible working arrangements at work, while 77% do not receive any Eldercare Leave from their company.

In order to cope with the lack of support from employers, respondents said they are most likely to apply for annual or sick leave in order to make time for their care-giver responsibilities. The survey found the average care-giver spends around 30 hours a week looking after family members.

These are important figures for employers to note, as respondents who said they could tap on flexible working structures were more able to balance their time better (44%) than those who couldn’t (37%).

More than three quarters also revealed they would reconsider their decision to leave the workforce if they are provided with flexible working options.

The Labour Movement said in the statement released by U Family that more needs to be done to help care-givers balance their personal and professional responsibilities.

“The survey findings further prove that we need to address concerns of these working care-givers if we do not want to see more people dropping out of the workforce to take care of their dependents,” Cham Hui Fong, assistant secretary-general of NTUC, said.

“There is this strong call for employers to show more support by putting in place friendly workplace arrangements and having more flexibility in the leave structures so that these care-givers can meet responsibilities both at home and at their workplace.”

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