ABS delivers a snapshot of Australia’s working mums

- May 11, 2018 < 1 MIN READ

Ahead of Mother’s Day, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed a glimpse into the life of the nation’s working mums. According to the 2016 Census, there are more than six million mums in Australia. 77 percent of all women over 15 are mums and of those, 114,800 work, study and care for their children at the same time.

Little has changed for working mums since the 2011 Census, with the 2016 data continuing to report the most common places of employment of working mums as primary or secondary education, followed by hospitals and aged care.

The most common occupation for mothers working full-time was as a general clerk performing administrative duties. For those working part-time, most were employed as sales assistants.

Mums’ participation in the workforce has increased slightly with 53.4 percent of mothers actively working.

The number of mums who are self-employed has also risen to 6.7 percent.

Working mums are also on a quest to be better educated. The number of mothers who study has grown by 9.6 per cent since 2011. In 2016, roughly 95,100 – or 1.6 per cent – of mothers were studying full-time at technical, tertiary or other institutions. The proportion of mothers with post-school qualifications has greatly increased since 1996, from 23.2 per cent to 51.5 percent.

As for housework, mums are still doing the majority of work. Half of mums aged between 20 and 49 (inclusive) do 15 or more hours of unpaid domestic work a week, compared to 9 per cent of women with no children.

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