A report in The Australian today says that almost half of all mums in two-parent families are back at work before their youngest child turns one.
Is this true for you?
Is this why it is impossible to find a child care place for kids aged 0-2?
The story, written by George Megalogenis and Sophie Gosper, also says almost all the mothers who went back to work in this period took part-time jobs with fewer than 25 working hours a week.
You can read the full piece here but you need a subscription to The Australian to read it in full, so here are the key points:
- The trend for mothers returning to work has accelerated in line with higher rates of female education and rising property prices.
- This generation of women have jobs worth going back to and the typical mortgage requires two incomes to service.
- In the mid 1980s, the majority of mothers in two-parent families waited until their youngest child was three before returning to work.
- In the mid 1990s, the benchmark had fallen to two years.
- About two-thirds of mothers with jobs are employed part-time while their children are in preschool.
- By age three, though, more than half the working mothers are in full-time work. Sole parents are the exception to this pattern.
- Most are still at home when the youngest child is aged 4-5.
Do these figures represent your family, and your choices?
If your family part of an Australian trend?
If you are new to Working Mums Australia and interested in more about part-time work, you may be interested in the personal stories of Juliet, Tamara and Kellie, who featured in our series on part time work a while ago.
They shared their stories, choices and influences to help us all work out a way to muddle through this challenging set of decisions 🙂