The Return Rate of Employees After Parental Leave
The rate that parental leave users return to the previous job after the leave period (based on responses from human resources managers)
B. How to measure
Result of the question “In general, what percentage of workers, who used parental leave system, return to work?”
C. Features and Sources
Category Sub-Category Sub-Subcategory Type of Indicator Reference Data Sources First year data available Periodicity Social Rights Labor rights Fair Working Conditions Subjective/Result Ministry of Gender Equality and Family Family-Friendly Level Survey of Companies and Public Institutions 2006 3 years
“Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment”.(UDHR article 23). A woman’s career break is one of the many factors preventing her from realizing her right to work. Various policies and systems are in place to prevent women from breaking careers, most representative of this is the parental leave system. Despite the increasing number of subsidies and applicants for parental leave in Korea, parental leave should not only lead to the protection of mothers but also prevent career breaks for women due to childbirth. Estimating the return rate after applying for parental leave is a work of whether the true meaning of motherhood protection is being implemented. Companies and countries are developing a variety of programs for these women because existing female worker’s adaptation to work after their leave will help companies to maintain productivity. According to the results, the longer the parental leave period, the larger the percentage of people to return to work after the end of their leave. Interpretation of the result must be done keeping in mind that the length of parental leave tends to be different by the system and culture of the workplace surrounding parental leave, rather than by individual workers. In other words, it can be interpreted that the return rate to work after parental leave is also high for jobs that are easier to take parental leave and able to take parental leave for a relatively long period of time. Also in each job category, the rate of returning to work after parental leave differed Public sector, public institutions and universities showed high return rates, while construction, manufacturing, and service industries showed low return rates as well as low use rates for parental leave.