SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Korea Bizwire) – A recent survey revealed more and more unmarried men and women tend to postpone childbirth even after their marriage. Job search portal “FindJob” said on November 21 based on its questionnaire on 1,367 male and female adults in their age over 20 about their plans for childbirth that 48.5 percent said they are thinking about delaying having a baby after marriage.
Of the married men and women, 40.2 percent replied that they actually considered delaying childbirth while 54.3 percent of unmarried respondents said they did. By age group, those in their 30 years of age were highest in answering affirmative to the question with 62.3 percent.
It was followed by those in their 20s (54.9%), 40s (44.4%), and 50s (20.3%). In addition, the share of women who said so was higher than that for men (59.9% vs. 37.3%). This is interpreted as a change in women’s attitude with the share of women participating in the labor market rising steadily.
To a question why you want to delay childbirth to 647 respondents, 61.5 percent picked financial reasons as the childcare cost rises rapidly. Other answers included “children may be obstacles to furthering my career” (14.1%), “I don’t have confidence in my child caring skills” (11.0%), “I don’t have anyone to take care of the baby on my behalf” (9.9%), and “My spouse doesn’t want a baby” (3.6%).
By Sean Chung (firstname.lastname@example.org)