Increased maternity and paternity leaves may do little to motivate working parents to procreate, according to a JobStreet survey.
However, among suggestions on what could motivate working parents to have more children, shorter 9am to 5pm workdays was the most popular.
Out of 1,000 Singaporean men and women who responded to the survey, 31 per cent said having shorter working hours would spur them to have children.
About 70 per cent of respondents said they currently leave the office by 7pm on the average.
Another suggested motivator that sat well with working parents was heavily subsidised childcare facilities at every office building.
The survey also revealed that while women were more willing to let nature take its course when it came to family planning, they were also more reluctant to change their current lifestyles to have children compared to men.
51 per cent of women surveyed responded they are not willing to change their lifestyles to have kids, 10 per cent higher than that of men.
On these findings, Anthony Ung, Country Manager of JobStreet Singapore said, "Women traditionally shouldered majority of the work when it came to raising a child and the 'sacrifice' made on their careers tend to be bigger compared to men. The modern educated woman however sees having kids as a career cost, and prefers to remain childless or have few children especially when work and family roles are too difficult to reconcile.”