The main findings are:
- The employment rate of mothers in England has increased by 11.8 percentage points to 73.7% between 1996 and 2017; however, mothers aged between 16 and 49 are still less likely to be in employment than women without dependent children of the same age.
- 1.1 million (75.2%) inactive or unemployed mothers stated they would definitely or probably return to work in the future.
- Mothers with a youngest dependent child aged three or four years old have the lowest employment rate of all adults with or without dependent children (65.1%).
- Mothers with children aged between 1 and 12 years old are more likely to be in part-time employment than full-time employment.
- As couple families have more children, the likelihood of both parents working full-time decreases.
- 1.8 million couple families split employment so that the father is in full-time work and the mother in part-time work; this is the most common way that families in England organise their economic activity.
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