Dual Career Couple Survey Results
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
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- 2011. Society of Petroleum Engineers
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This paper reports the results of a survey of the SPE membership performedfor SPE's Talent Council during May 2011. It has been included inOnePetro for accessibility.
One of the growing workforce issues facing companies is managing employeeswho are part of a dual career couple. Traditionally, corporatepolicies were based on the assumption that even if the spouse worked, theirincome was a relatively small fraction of the total household income. Thespouse was assumed to be available to handle numerous household issues, so theemployee could focus nearly exclusively on their work. Much of theworkforce is now juggling more complex personal logistics, because both spousesare employed outside of the home.
One of the objectives of the SPE Talent Council is data collection andanalysis by conducting surveys and statistical analysis to highlight potentialcapability/expertise gaps, and identify possible solutions. In May, 2011to capture information on the prevalence of dual career couples and thechallenges facing them, SPE emailed a link to a survey to 46,777 members whosedues were paid for the current year. The link was not sent to studentmembers. The results of this survey show that dual career couplesare about half the workforce. Dual career couples will probably become aneven larger fraction in the near future, because those in dual career couplerelationships are younger than those who are not.
Validity of the Survey Results
For SPE member surveys a typically "good" response rate is 10%. Forthe dual career couple survey, 5570 members replied for a response rate of12%. Of those responding, 13% did not state gender, 14% were women,and 73% were men. The age distribution of those responding to the survey issimilar to that of the overall membership (Figure 1). SPE does not havegender information for members so a comparison of the response rate by genderwas not possible.
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