Almost half of India’s female workforce are feeling relatively more stressed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent survey. This data was published in the tenth edition of the LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index, a fortnightly pulse on the confidence of India’s workforce, earlier this week.
According to a press release from LinkedIn, the survey was conducted between July 27 - August 23 among 2,254 professionals in India. The report also says that India's overall confidence is growing steadily, with a “composite score of +57 (up from +53 in the fortnight of July 13-26).”
The survey found 47% of its female participants experiencing more stress or anxiety due to the pandemic, while for men, this number stood at 38%. It also found that 31% of working mothers are providing childcare full time, compared to 17% working fathers.
Interestingly, the work-from-home option which has been adapted by most companies to adhere to the social distancing norms, have proven to be tough on Indian mothers. As per the survey, working mothers are more likely to be distracted by childcare, and more than 2 in 5 (44%) working moms are working outside their business hours to provide childcare, nearly twice as many men (25%).
“The survey shows that only 1 in 5 (20%) working mothers rely on a family member or friend to take care of their children, when compared to 32% men. Findings also show that more than 46% working mothers report working till late to make up for work, and 42% are unable to focus on work with their children at home,” the press release added.
Notably, there is a lot of optimism amongst freelancers – both men and women- as per the survey. LinkedIn has stated that 25% freelancers who participated in the survey expected their income to increase in the next six months, as more companies are seeking alternative workforces.