Childcare voucher schemes close as working parents reach record highs

Experts also warn lack of flexible working options limiting mothers’ options

Three-quarters (74 per cent) of women with dependent children are now employed, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed yesterday – the highest level since records began. 

The figures for April to June 2018 represent an increase from 68.9 per cent in 2013 and 61.9 per cent in 1996, when comparable records started. The proportion of employed men with dependent children also increased to a record high of 93.1 per cent, up from 90 per cent in 2013 and 87 per cent in 1996.