Economic activity of mothers and fathers

Most of fathers and a minority of mothers with children aged under 25 are employed full-time; on the other hand, the majority of mothers but only a minority of fathers are employed part-time. The age of the youngest child and the family situation have a strong influence on the employment situation of the mother. Mothers with a partner and the youngest child under 4 are significantly less likely to be employed than when the youngest child is aged between 4 and 12; but they are also more likely to be employed than lone mothers with child(ren) in the household. Lone mothers are not only more likely to be employed than mothers with a partner, but they also tend to have a higher work-time percentage.

Since 1992, the share of mothers who are economically inactive has clearly fallen. The share of mothers working part-time has risen and the share of mothers with higher work-time percentages has increased more significantly than that of mothers with smaller work-time percentages. Today, a smaller proportion of fathers work full-time than in 1992 and the proportion of fathers in part-time employment has slightly increased.

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