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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Women on the Move

When the moving trucks are on the way, it is becoming more common for dad to do the packing while mom heads to the new job.

Women's careers account for one-third of corporate job transfers and relocations -- double the level of the mid-1990s, according to Worldwide ERC, an Arlington association that focuses on worker relocation. Women represented 15 percent of job moves in 1993 and 32 percent last year.

With more two-income families, more employers are offering child-care help for the 60 percent of transferees who have children, according to the organization's report, "Family Issues," which is based on relocation policies and practices at 174 companies.

Almost half provide school-finding research or help. A similar number offer job search assistance for spouses.

The growth in the number of women relocating for work has led to another trend: the commuter marriage. Nearly three-fourths of employers said they have dealt with it in the past two years, up from half in 2003. So if you leave your spouse for work, maybe your bosses will understand if you ask them to pay for plane tickets once in a while.

-- Vickie Elmer


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