Women in the labour market

Think tank: Centre for Progressive Policy

Author(s): Ben Franklin; Dean Hochlaf

October 14, 2021

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Progressive Policy looks at boosting mothers’ employment and earnings through accessible childcare.

As part of the Centre for Progressive Policy’s (CPP) Women in the Labour Market programme, this report explores how inadequacies in the childcare systems act as a barrier to women’s participation in the labour market. It provides estimates of the potential economic gains to be made in the short and medium term via an assessment of the lost earnings women face from lack of access to childcare. While there are certainly wider questions over the organisational challenges facing the childcare sector and its role in supporting child development, this report looks at the challenge through the prism of women in the labour market and how policy can ensure every mother has access to high-quality, affordable childcare.