Snapshot: 2/3 Interested in Working

Based on statistics presented in FLO’s 2009 ―Worldwide Family Member Employment overview, close to 10,000 adult family members accompany a U.S. Direct Hire employee on his/her overseas assignment. Of this total, nearly two-thirds expressed an interest in working, while only a third was successful in finding employment. These percentages have remained fairly constant the last several years and as a result, have provided more than ample fuel for the fire that is FLO’s employment advocacy mandate.[…] Many positions filled by family members inside the Mission tend to be clerical in nature and therefore widely viewed by the approximately 75% of family members with degrees (of whom about half have advanced degrees) as not very challenging or interesting.

FLO Direct News
(State Department Family Liaison Office publication)
Summer 2009