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Key trends

  • For women, labour force participation rates have increased, with fewer women leaving the labour force, or taking time out of the labour force, when they have children.
  • Family employment patterns have shifted over recent decades away from that of a breadwinning father and stay-at-home mother.
  • More young people are pursuing further education, and many are juggling work and study.
  • It is still more common for mothers, than for fathers, to use flexible work arrangements to balance work and family responsibilities.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of work in 2020, with a sudden increase in unemployment and underemployment rates, and home-based work for all who were able to do their job from home. The full impact of COVID-19 on how we work is yet to be seen.

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