Despite the increasing policy interest in work-life balance issues, relatively little research has been carried out into the links between self-employment and family life. This report considers, for the first time, the extent to which new family-friendly initiatives and legislation provide adequate support for self-employed parents.
Drawing on an analysis of survey material from 10,000 families with children, the report explores topical issues such as:
whether self-employment offers working parents greater flexibility than other forms of employment
the price of flexibility
difficulties in relation to childcare
differences between the experiences of self-employed mothers and fathers
"... a useful resource for demographic data about childcare and self-employment. Information is clearly presented and discussed in a thorough and straightforward manner." Journal of Occupational Science
Introduction; Working arrangements; Use of childcare; Influences on mothers' decision to work; Working couples and self-employment; Conclusion.