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Gender Career Progression: Men want travel vs. Women want balance

The start of the New Year is always a popular time for people to look for a new job; in fact a poll commissioned by The Open University says nearly six in 10 Londoners will be looking for new opportunities this month.

The survey of 2,000 employed people in the UK, carried by on-demand staffing app Coople, showed that men value pay, ‘work perks’ and travel opportunities more than women.

Double the amount of men are drawn in by travel opportunities as part of their career than women, with 11 per cent of men in comparison to five percent of women ranking this as their top priority in a position. For seven in ten men pay is the most valued aspect of work, with 66 per cent of women feeling the same.15 per cent of men value company benefits the most in their jobs, with only 12 per cent of women in agreement.


gender specific career progression - what men and women really want from work

Women value work/life balance, career progression and ‘making a difference’ more than men.

Five percent more women prioritise a good work/life balance over men: six in 10 women in comparison to 55 per cent of men. 18 per cent of women deem career progression of highest importance in comparison to 16 per cent of men, and more than one in four women (26 per cent) believe that ‘making a difference’ is the most important factor in their work, with five per cent less men in agreement (21 per cent).

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Whilst overall both sexes valued work/life balance second highest, the survey also revealed that more men spend additional time at the office – with three in 10 commenting that they work out of hours, compared to 26 per cent of women.

However, this commitment to working set hours and beyond may not be as beneficial as men perceive – with one in 10 stating that doing so has negatively impacted their sex life and eight per cent of women admitting the same. A further 12 per cent said that it had negatively affected their relationship with their children (10 per cent of women said the same) and 18 percent of both men and women attributed work as the cause of an argument with their partner with close to half of all the men and women surveyed stated work as the cause for missing an important social event.


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