Study highlights: dual-career dynamics in the US

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A majority of full-time employees (62%) in the US had a spouse/partner who worked more or less 9-5 for 5 days a week. Another 19% said their spouse/partner worked full-time but flexible hours.

Over half (57%) of full-time employees in the US indicate that their spouse/partner works 35 hours or more a week, but for millennials and Gen X, the likelihood that their partner works full-time is much higher than for Boomers. Also, parents (70%) are much more likely than non-parents (57%) to have a partner that works at least full-time.

  • Millennials (78%) are almost twice as likely to have a spouse/partner working at least full-time than Boomers (47%).
  • Millennials (64%) and Gen X (68%) were also much more likely to have a spouse/partner working 35 hours or more a week than Boomers (44%).
  • Over a quarter of Boomers (27%) said their spouse/partner does not work outside the home or works part-time flexible hours (10%).
  • Millennials (13%) and Gen X (14%) were much less likely to have a spouse/partner who did not work outside the home or who worked part-time but flexible hours (5% and 4% for millennials and Gen X, respectively ).
  • “Finding time for me” is the most prevalent challenge faced by millennial parents who are managers in the US (76%) followed by “getting enough sleep” and “managing personal and professional life” (67%).

US spouse/partner work schedule, by generation

EY - US spouse/partner work schedule, by generation

Sacrifices made to manage work and family/personal responsibilities (by generation)

EY - Sacrifices made to manage work and family/personal responsibilities (by generation)