Just 3% of Dutch girls plan to work full time when they become mothers

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Just 3% of Dutch girls plan to carry on working full-time after they have children, according to a new report from the national statistics office CBS.

Over half of them want to give up work altogether or work no more than one or two days a week when they become mothers, the survey found. And even without children, only 40% of girls and 60% of boys want a full-time job.

The research involved 4,000 youngsters between the ages of 12 and 25.




Currently, 15% of women in the Netherlands continue to work full-time after having children, as do 85% of fathers. In the CBS survey 66% of boys say they want to reduce their working hours if they become fathers.

Confusion

The report also shows that a majority of girls and boys think household tasks and caring for children should be divided up equitably. At the same time, however, 40% of girls think they should do more in the house than their partners and 28% of boys agree girls should do more.

To a large extent, the youngsters’ opinions about household tasks and working hours reflect the family situation they grew up in, the CBS researchers said.

Research published by the CBS last year showed only 37% of young women aged 15 to 27 have a full-time job, compared with 71% of young men.