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Rise of the working mum: More mothers are in work than ever before and women are more likely to have a job if they have children
- Employment rates for mothers with children have risen again to 74 per cent
- Since 2010, women with children are more likely to work than those who do not
- The overall employment rate in Britain has been rising steadily for several years
More mothers are in work than ever before, a new analysis of the jobs market reveals today.
The rise of the working mother has continued steadily since 1996 and now 74 per cent of women with children are in work.
Since 2010, women with children have been more likely to work than those without, the Office for National Statistics said.
More mothers are in work than ever before, a new analysis of the jobs market reveals today (pictured). The ONS has tracked employment based on having children since 1996
But having children means women are more likely to work less hours – half work more than 30 hours a week with children compared to 70 per cent of those without.
According to the latest labour market data, almost three-quarters of families with a mother and father had both parents in job. In almost half of these families, both parents worked full-time.
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Since 1996, the employment rate for fathers has consistently been higher than for men without dependent children.
Mothers are least likely to work when their children are very young – though the data shows more of those with new borns in work because of maternity leave, the ONS said.
The proportion of mothers working full-time increased with the age of the youngest child.
The figures reflect a continuing change in society where more women work after having children. Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson took her baby into a Commons debate last month in a milestone for parliament
Fewer than 24 per cent of mothers with a child aged one year worked full-time, compared with almost half when the youngest child has turned 18.
Almost half of all mothers work in the public administration, education or health – compared to 42 per cent of childless women.
The ONS said this might because such jobs are thought to have more flexibility and family friendly policies.
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