Young mums in UK less likely to find work, says report

Young mums in the UK are among the most likely in the developed world to be unemployed or not in training or education due to high childcare costs, according to a report from the OECD.

The report, Society at a Glance 2016, says 13.6% of all young people in the UK are not in employment, education or training and over half of this number are not actively looking for work. High childcare rates are one of the main reasons, says the report.

Women in OECD countries are 1.4 times more likely to become NEET than men on average. The report states: “For many of them, this is because they are looking after small children and the high cost of childcare is a major barrier to employment: in the US, Ireland, United Kingdom and New Zealand, childcare costs for a lone parent can account for between one-third and a half of net income.”

However, the UK had one of the lowest rates of youth unemployment and rated better than most developed countries for allowing young people to combine work and education.

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