Australian mothers' participation in employment

Analyses of social, demographic and family characteristics using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey
Research Paper No. 52 – November 2013

Appendix

Table A1: Lone and couple mothers with children aged under 15, estimated percentages employed, by year
Year Percentage employed Sample size
Lone mothers Couple mothers All Lone mothers Couple mothers All
2001 45.2 60.5 57.4 431 1,872 2,303
2002 49.7 59.6 57.6 393 1,670 2,063
2003 45.7 59.0 56.2 398 1,600 1,998
2004 43.6 62.0 57.9 393 1,551 1,944
2005 47.5 63.8 60.4 400 1,541 1,941
2006 54.1 66.2 63.8 373 1,531 1,904
2007 55.4 64.6 62.8 353 1,534 1,887
2008 59.0 66.8 65.3 362 1,481 1,843
2009 60.0 64.5 63.7 368 1,481 1,849
2010 61.0 65.1 64.3 357 1,521 1,878
2011 56.1 63.9 62.4 476 2,005 2,481

Note: A top-up sample was added to HILDA in Wave 11.

Table A2: Lone and couple mothers with children aged under 15, estimated percentages employed, by year and age of youngest child
Year Lone mothers (age of youngest child) Couple mothers (age of youngest child)
0-2 years (%) 3-5 years (%) 6-9 years (%) 10-14 years (%) 0-2 years (%) 3-5 years (%) 6-9 years (%) 10-14 years (%)
Percentage employed Percentage employed
2001 19.2 43.5 57.5 58.8 43.5 62.5 69.5 75.0
2002 18.2 43.0 58.9 71.5 42.9 59.4 69.5 73.7
2003 20.7 46.1 47.3 60.3 38.4 59.6 71.0 76.4
2004 16.9 42.9 58.2 52.8 50.3 55.3 71.9 75.0
2005 25.8 37.8 55.6 64.5 50.0 63.7 73.5 74.0
2006 26.8 47.4 70.8 62.9 50.4 66.3 76.2 78.4
2007 23.8 55.1 69.0 66.3 49.1 62.6 74.1 79.6
2008 23.3 62.2 67.4 76.1 51.5 62.8 79.9 80.7
2009 27.4 64.1 66.9 79.0 46.7 70.8 72.6 78.7
2010 32.8 49.7 69.4 81.0 48.8 66.8 73.6 80.1
2011 25.9 44.2 67.1 74.1 45.9 63.3 73.6 82.6
  Sample size Sample size
2001 104 97 109 121 644 374 413 441
2002 81 87 101 124 526 364 398 382
2003 77 89 103 129 496 337 374 393
2004 85 76 105 127 479 341 335 396
2005 85 85 104 126 491 299 356 395
2006 73 76 92 132 492 299 353 387
2007 73 78 81 121 526 275 339 394
2008 88 70 88 116 526 268 319 368
2009 95 76 88 109 542 277 296 366
2010 79 82 87 109 575 277 290 379
2011 99 109 119 149 796 375 373 461

Note: A top-up sample was added to HILDA in Wave 11.

Figure A1: Lone and couple mothers with children under 15, comparisons of ABS and HILDA estimates of percentages employed, by year

Lone and couple mothers with children under 15, comparisons of ABS and HILDA estimates of percentages employed, by year

Source: HILDA, Waves 1-11 (Wave 11 release); ABS Supertable FM1: Labour force status by sex, state, relationship from April 2001 (estimates as at June each year)