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Growing Up in Scotland: patterns of maternal employment and barriers to paid work

Published: 1 Nov 2017
Part of:
Children and families, Education, Research, Work and skills
ISBN:
9781788513692

This report uses data from the Growing Up in Scotland study to investigate the employment patterns of mothers during the first 5 years of their child's life.

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Contents
Growing Up in Scotland: patterns of maternal employment and barriers to paid work
Appendix B: Additional Tables

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Appendix B: Additional Tables

Table 8‑1: Reasons why mothers had not found paid work, by whether mother living with a partner and by child’s age (%)

Single mothers Child’s age

Partnered mothers Child’s age

10 months

age 3

age 5

10 months

age 3

age 5

Base: All mothers in BC2 who had looked for work in the last four weeks.

%

%

%

%

%

%

No suitable jobs available

53

47(*)

28

53

36(*)

25

Childcare (incl. availability and affordability)

19*

22

28

10*

16

23

Not looked very hard: family commitments

12

10

20*

9

13

10*

Not looked very hard: other reasons 1

15

20

11**

20

20

26**

Other reasons 2

14

21

17

20

14

20

Unweighted bases

121

93

83

209

121

94

Weighted bases

137

134

125

216

136

110

1’Not looked very hard: other reasons’ included things like moving house, pregnant, going into education, only recently started looking, already found job, ill health.

2 ’Other reasons’ included lack of experience/qualifications, competitive job market, and no particular reason given (e.g. ‘Don’t know’).

* Significant differences between single and partnered mothers at p<.05 level.

(*) Borderline significant difference between single and partnered mothers.

Table 8‑2: Family type by partner’s employment status when child aged 10 months, by whether mother left or remained in/returned to work by time child aged 5

Left work

Remained in or returned to work

Base: All mothers in BC2 who worked during pregnancy and took part at all three sweeps of data collection and where information about partner’s employment status was provided at sweep 1.

%

%

Not living with a partner

37

14

Living with partner who is in paid work

57

82

Living with a partner who is not in paid work

6

4

Unweighted bases

177

3059

Weighted bases

216

2801

Table 8‑3: Urban/rural location of when child aged 10 months, by whether mother left or remained in/returned to work by time child aged 5

Left work

Remained in or returned to work

Base: All mothers in BC2 who worked during pregnancy and took part at all three sweeps of data collection.

%

%

Large urban

42

39

Other urban

29

29

Small, accessible towns

6

8

Small remote towns

4

4

Accessible rural

15

16

Remote rural

3

5

Unweighted bases

177

3061

Weighted bases

216

2804


Contact

Email: Ganka Mueller

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
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Edinburgh
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