Few mothers work full-time

16/01/2007 14:00

Fewer than one in ten Dutch mothers with underage children had a full-time job in 2005. This proportion has hardly changed since 1996. Although more mothers are working, they mainly opt for part-time jobs. Three days a week at work is a particularly popular choice.

One quarter of mothers work a three-day a week

Nearly 2 million women in the Netherlands had underage children in 2005. Fewer than one in ten of these mothers had a full-time job (35 hours or more a week). Most worked part-time, and jobs for three day a week (20-27 hours) were particularly popular.
Two in five mothers did not have paid work, or worked for less than twelve hours a week, and were thus not part of the employed labour force.

Working hours of women with underage children, 2005

Working hours of women with underage children, 2005

Strong rise in part-time working mums

The proportion of mothers with a full-time job has hardly increased since 1996. Although more mothers are now in the employed labour force, the increase is accounted for by mothers with part-time jobs. In 1996 just over one third of mothers had a job of 12-34 hours a week, in 2005 this was more than half of mothers. 

Working hours of mothers with underage children, 2005

Working hours of mothers with underage children, 2005

Full-time working mothers often single

Twenty percent of mothers working full-time were single. This is considerably more than the percentage of singles among part-time working mothers. Only 6 percent of mothers working for 12-19 hours a week in 2005 were single. Relatively more mothers working full-time had a partner with a part-time job: 23 percent. For mothers with a job of 12-19 hours this was only 11 percent.

Working hours of mothers with underage children by partner’s working hours, 2005

Working hours of mothers with underage children by partner’s working hours, 2005

Johan van der Valk