Monday, May 12, 2008

Families Week facts and figures

'Work and Family - getting the balance right' is the theme of National Families Week 2008 (11 May - 17 May).

An ABS Snapshot of work and the Australian family includes these facts and figures:

  • More mothers with children under 15 were employed in March 2008 than at any time in the last decade; 63% were employed in March 2008, compared with 54% ten years earlier; 60% of these mothers worked part time.

  • In 2006, mothers (with children under 15) in full-time employment spent on average 18 hours per week on domestic activities - twice as much as fathers employed full time.

  • In 2006 there were 2.2 million grandparents who had grandchildren under 15. In a 12 month period, 83% of these grandparents had been babysitters for their grandchildren; 39% provided school holiday care; and 28% regularly looked after their grandchildren while the children's parents were at work.

  • Nearly two-thirds (64%) of parents with children under 15 reported that they 'always or often' felt rushed or pressed for time.

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