Census figures reveal more mums are making the work-life balance work

Latest figures show there are less stay-at-home mums than expected – but at what cost?


More mums are returning to work than previously estimated, according to the latest census figures.


Mums who stay at home to bring up their children – whether this is down to want or necessity – are now becoming the minority, putting paid to age old thoughts of the ‘housewife’.

In fact, estimated figures of the number of stay-at-home mums were 300,000 out, with less than one in 10 women of working age being in the home on a regular basis. 

Within two decades the percentage of stay-at-home has significantly dropped from 17% to 10%. This means there are almost 13 million women in England and Wales who work, or at least intend to work, nearing the 14.6 million men who are deemed to be ‘economically active’, reports the Daily Mail.

However, returning to work to increase household income isn’t always that simple, with the added pressure of childcare costs sometimes outweighing the benefits. Childcare minister Elizabeth Truss is said to be prioritising childcare issues, saying they are “vital” to get women back to work. Yet, there is seemingly less help for two-parent families in the tax and benefit system, meaning women are simply returning to work out of necessity.

Last year, a report by CARE charity revealed that married couples where the mum stays at home, shoulder a tax burden 42% higher than the average tax level in developed countries.


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