By the end of last year, 66% of mothers were in work, compared to 61% in 1996. But there’s little difference between the number of working mums and the proportion of women without dependents. Just 67% of women without children are in employment, showing that the gap between the two has almost disappeared.
The employment rate for women without children reached its peak in 2006, when 70% were employed. But since the downturn, women bore the worst of the cuts as they are more likely to work in the public sector. And with the recovery still looking shaky, it’s difficult to see that employment figure reaching its peak again any time soon.