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Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Education Level Affects Mothers’ Employment

Victor P Taffa

Having a young family, with children less than 15 years old, continues to affect women’s employment arrangements more than it does men according to latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

ABS Director of Education and Training Statistics, Michelle Ducat, said the Survey of Education and Work 2018 showed that while 28 % of mothers took time out of employment, or did not work, for fathers the figure was 4 %.

Mothers are also more likely to work part-time than fathers (39 % compared with 7 %).

“Survey also identified that the proportion of women with young children who are employed increases with the mother’s level of education, with 79 % of mothers with a Bachelor Degree or higher being employed, compared with 53 % of mothers with qualifications below a Certificate III.” Ms. Ducat said.

“Level of education has a much smaller effect on employment for fathers with young children, with 96 % with a Bachelor Degree or higher being employed, compared with 89 % below a Certificate III.”

More broadly, women aged 20-64 years are more likely than ever to gain a non-school qualification (e.g. a Certificate III or a Bachelor Degree).

“Our 15-year time-series shows that since 2004 the proportion of women attaining a non-school qualification has increased significantly from 53 % in 2004 to reach around the same proportion as men in 2018, with around 2 out of 3 men and women having attained a non-school qualification.” Ms. Ducat said.


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