Express Releases Mother's Day Poll of Working Moms

Poll Asks, "Would You Work If You Didn't Have To?" - 72% Say "Yes," Compared to 80% of Fathers

TORONTO, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - May 6, 2015) - Express Employment Professionals today released the results of a special Mother's Day survey of working moms in the United States and Canada.

Express polled working mothers, asking them "Would you work if you didn't have to?"

Of those surveyed, 72 per cent said yes, they would work if they didn't have to, while 28 per cent said they would not.

Express also polled working fathers, asking them the same question. Among fathers, 80 per cent said yes, they would work if they didn't have to, and 20 per cent said they would not.

"It's fascinating to see the number of parents who would work outside the home for the love of the profession-and not just because they have to," said Bob Funk, CEO and chairman of the board for Express. "There's obviously a small difference between mothers and fathers in this survey, with fewer fathers saying they wouldn't work if they didn't have to. We'll leave it to others to tell us why that is. The bottom line for us at Express is that we believe if you want to work, you should be able to find work. However, too many mothers and fathers alike still can't find a job to meet their needs."

Forty years ago, fewer mothers in Canada were part of the workforce, but that's a trend that has changed today. In fact, the latest numbers from the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey shows that 74 per cent of Canadian women with children under 16 participate in the labor force. This equates to about 2.5 million working Canadian mothers. In 1976, about 40 per cent of Canadian mothers worked or roughly 1.2 million working Canadian mothers.

"To all mothers who work tirelessly to support their families, Happy Mother's Day," Funk said.

About the poll

Express Employment Professionals polled 259 working mothers and fathers in May 2015 at the Express International Headquarters in Oklahoma City and at their franchises throughout the United States and Canada. If you would like to arrange for an interview to discuss this topic, please contact Kellie Major at (613) 222-7488.

If you would like to arrange for an interview to discuss this topic, please contact Kellie Major at (613) 222-7488.

About Robert A. Funk

Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has franchises in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than five million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.

About Express Employment Professionals and Express in Canada

Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $2.85 billion in sales and employed more than 456,000 people in 2014. Express ranks as the largest franchised staffing company in the United States and the second largest privately held staffing company in North America. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. Express launched in Canada in July 1996, with a franchise in London, Ontario, and since then, has expanded and grown across Canada significantly. There are currently 34 Express franchises in Canada - five in British Columbia, six in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, 22 in Ontario and one in Nova Scotia.

SOURCE Express Employment Professionals and Express in Canada

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