Significantly more mothers are now employed than were earning only 11 years ago, the Office for National Statistics has revealed.
In a fresh analysis of data from two existing surveys – the Labour Force Survey and the Annual Population Survey, the ONS discovered that the percentage of mothers in paid employment now stands at 73.7 per cent, an increase of nearly 12 per cent since 1996.
Unsurprisingly, however, women between the ages of 16 and 49 with children are still less likely to have a job than their childless peers. Equally in line with common sense is the finding that mothers of young children (up to the age of 12) are the demographic group least likely to be in work.
The great majority of mothers who are not working meanwhile – 75.2 per cent – plan to rejoin the workforce in the future.
Most two parent families – a total of 1.8 million – with children feature a father in full time work and a mother in part-time work.
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