Employers estimate that 32 percent of their U.S. transferees in 2007 were women, according to the recently released Family Issues report from Worldwide ERC®, the association for workforce mobility. The report includes information
provided by corporate mobility professionals on key issues specific to the relocating family and offers data on transferee demographics; spouse and partner employment assistance; child-care, school-finding, and elder-care assistance; and commuter marriages.
“The family unit and household have changed over the years, and that makes a difference in the way U.S. employers manage their relocation programs,” said Jan Hatfield-Goldman, Worldwide ERC® VP, Research and Education. “The traditional family with a working father and stay-at-home mother now represents less than 13.5 percent of all households, it is common for both parents in a family to be working, and quality child care has become increasingly important. All of these factors draw attention to family issues for employers who need to maintain a mobile workforce.”
Other key findings from the Worldwide ERC® Family Issues report:
- About six in 10 transferees have dependent children and nearly three-fourths are married.
- Forty percent of the responding companies have formal policies that provide employment assistance to the spouses of transferees. Nearly one-third of organizations offer assistance to the domestic partners of transferring employees through a formal policy.
- Childcare assistance is provided by about 40 percent of employers.
- Almost half of the respondents reported that their companies provide school-finding assistance to transferees.
- Three-quarters of respondents currently do not offer any type of assistance for elder care. Of those that do, 17 percent have a formal policy and 7 percent offer assistance on a case-by-case basis.
- Overall, 24 percent of employers provide assistance (in addition to that given in the relocation policy) to transferees with commuter marriage arrangements—3 percent via a formal policy and 21 percent on a case-by-case basis.
The Worldwide ERC® Family Issues report is based on data collected in September and October 2007, and pertains only to current employees transferred within the United States, unless otherwise specified. For more information on the report, visit Resources.
Worldwide ERC® networks workforce mobility professionals and HR innovators, and is the recognized industry authority on relocation and international assignments in the U.S. and major global traffic areas. Worldwide ERC® is headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, with offices in Brussels, Belgium and Shanghai, China. Contact Worldwide ERC® at +1 703 842 3400, or visit www.WorldwideERC.org.