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Fathers and work: a statistical overview 877.15 KB

This article shows the statistical trends in fathers’ employment, for couple and single fathers over recent decades. Trends indicate that while mothers’ employment changes considerably after having a child, fathers’ employment shows little change.

Key messages:

  • While fathers today may be more involved in child care, for most families the number of hours fathers spend in employment remains the same before and after having children.
  • Single fathers have more diverse work patterns with higher proportions in part-time work or not employed.
  • Fathers are more likely to choose flexible work or working from home arrangements rather than reduce work hours to fit work around child care
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