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One in three single mums want to work more

Wednesday 04 April 2012

Three out of 10 single mothers would like to work longer hours than they currently do but say they are hampered by childcare problems, the national statistics office CBS said on Wednesday.

Other workers with a small part-time job would also like to work longer hours, the CBS said.

Single mothers in particular are being targeted as part of the government's efforts to get people of benefits and into paid employment.


Last month, the CBS said some 60% of Dutch women had a job of 12 hours a week or more, compared with 53% 10 years ago.

One in three women work between 20 and 35 hours a week, up from one in four 10 years ago. Around 18% of women work over 35 hours a week, a figure which has remained stable over the past 10 years.

Almost half of the women with a part-time job say they have chosen to work less because of household and family commitments.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Why don't the mothers stay at home and raise their kids properly and give the jobs to unemployed men/fathers like myself. When we swapped our living circumstance, requiring two incomes, the Taxman and the Banksters saw an opportunity. Not many people understand that this subtle change affected how prices have adjusted dramatically in our times, and there are now problems with over borrowing, and inflation etc. Many may not agree with what I am saying here but, this policy of both parents 'needing', to work to make financial ends meet is in part, our own doing?

By Highlander | 4 April 2012 4:06 PM

@Highlander: Times and financial needs have changed especially during the current economic crisis. Single mothers need jobs as much as anyone else to be independent. We can't always rely on men supporting us so its ridiculous of anyone to think women belong at home cooking, cleaning house and raising children. That was then (like a few decades ago) This is now where women have the same ability as any man to have a rewarding career.

By Jan | 4 April 2012 5:31 PM

Yes, In many situations both parents 'need' to work to make financial ends meet. It is not only our own doing but that of how our governments are managed. The rise in prices of gas, food, taxes, rents, and medical care have forced many families to realize that the economy is not getting any better and it requires two incomes to meet financial demands.

By Kevin | 4 April 2012 5:39 PM

@Highlander, this statement is EXTREMELY sexist, supposing women should "give up jobs", or be interested in raising children only, only because they are females.

I can't actually believe people still think women shouldn't have careers... in 2012. I speak as a happy male, age below 30, whose both parents have worked since I ever remember.

By Andre L. | 4 April 2012 6:01 PM


so what if your husband decides that he has found a younger/prettier/more adorable wife? What is the poor mum to do then? Sure the situation is not so bad as in the UK, but not everyone has the gumption to set up in business for themselves as I have.

What is more, not everyone is willing to do without a flat-screen TV or second motorcar. There are those who see these things as necessary - and are prepared to work for them. The drawback is when the work is not there to do.

By Gemma | 4 April 2012 6:08 PM

Why does it have to be the mother, Highlander? What if the husband loses his job? What if one parent gets sick? What if the husband decides to leave? What if he's an abuser?

And what happens if a mother does stay home for a few years then has to go back to work because of the above mentioned situations? She's basically unemployable because her CV has a big gap.

Unless we stop having kids totally, life will never be as simplistic as you wish it. Things change. Life has no guarantees. Period.

By CW | 4 April 2012 6:46 PM

@ highlander ....mothers these days do multi tasking ....it's hard but better then sitting at home during school hours. There is nothing worst for a woman to be financally not independent!! Mothers are totally discriminated in Holland I have done few interviews by males they ask do you have kids that's it they do not want mothers shocking!!!! Bloody hell and you are also one of the male idiots remember no kids NO FUTURE!

By Minnie | 4 April 2012 8:17 PM

@Highlander Are you going to support all those single women with children since you think mums should stay at home raising children? Didn't think so. So how are single mums supposed to raise their children with dignity without trying to get jobs to support themselves or do you think the Dutch govt will provide everything they'll need? Think hard. This might be somewhat difficult for you to answer rationally with your male chauvinistic thinking. Seems you are worried about losing your job to a woman.

By Maria | 4 April 2012 9:05 PM

What if I don't want kids? Am I still blacklisted by you, Highlander? What a ridiculous thing to say.

Next you're going to set up a website for men to complain about women stealing their jobs.........

By Stupid | 4 April 2012 9:39 PM

@Highlander: That's a new one: "Single Moms are Stealing Our Jobs!" ;-)

Why did we not change our society into one where men take care of the kids as much as women do? We missed a chance there! @Gemma: At least this would give women more chance to run off with a cute young man too.

By Martin | 5 April 2012 12:58 AM

Even though some people may see a flat-screen TV or second motorcar as necessities, I can assure you with absolute 100% certainty that they are not. I cannot believe that I actually need to make this comment. This weird materialistic short sighted mentality is causing a LOT of problems in society, in families, everywhere - and that I can assure of - also with 100% certainty.

By Bill | 5 April 2012 7:38 AM

If you think that the lifestyle that couples are living now isn’t destroying marriages, think again. If you work all the time, and spend your only “off time” tending children, chores and the household, how can a marriage possibly survive? We put consumerism and careers? before our basic family's needs, a lot has changed for the worst over the last few decades. Its time governments realised that family's come first, and people should take responsibility for their family commitments. Both parents working full time means that NEITHER partner in the marriage is much of a domestic home-maker, this is why we have such a high divorces rates today. People are burning out.

By Highlander | 5 April 2012 10:29 AM


So what about us poor feeble minded females that actually LIKE to work and have careers? Shall we just roll over and give up our positions in order to give self worth to a man and make him feel like the big stron provider?

By Petra Ann | 5 April 2012 11:18 AM

"Why don't the mothers stay at home and raise their kids properly and give the jobs to unemployed men/fathers like myself." I wish you were kidding. I wish you were smart enough to understand that women who have children are ot responsible for your lack of employment. The assumption that raising kids "properly" is a woman's job only, and something which requires her to stay home, is insulting. I know you wish it was that simple, that the only thing to blame for your problems is those darn job-stealing single-moms. Please. 18% of Dutch women have a full-time job: that's not even 1 in 5.

By NewDutchie | 5 April 2012 12:22 PM

Ok, problems with working due to childcare issues... Perhaps a good idea to then get involved, start a business, or get a job in this industry? If there are so many problems here, then maybe there are some opportunities to make some money and lead a promising career? Or is that too optimistic?

By Broseph | 6 April 2012 1:38 PM

@Highlander Its clear now why some say men only use half their brain. Granted not all men are so illogical thinking divorces are due to working women. Many divorces are due to lack of respect & appreciation for all women do esp. after having women. Men tend to spend too much time with their tech gadgets, etc. to see what they have until they lose it. Men should stay off those dating & porn sites esp. when married w/children and spend more time w/their families.

By marian | 6 April 2012 1:43 PM

@ Bill: I think you missed the point entirely this time. Not everyone has all the luxuries you claim or are so materialistic. A lot of those short-sighted problems seem to have been caused by the people running our countries and banking institutions. Again, the rich who abuse the system and not just the regular folks who want to enjoy a flat screen TV for working hard to earn it. Seems many women could do a better job leading than most of our men leaders have done in the past creating this economic mess. Enjoy life and its little luxuries while you can, including that flat screen TV, vacation or new car. You only live once.

By Alice | 6 April 2012 1:55 PM

@Bill Guessing you never heard the term enjoying "the fruits of our labor" Live life to your fullest before you see all your earnings and pensions bailing out the corrupt rich and irresponsible EU countries like Greece and Italy where the rich refuse to pay their appropriate taxes on their big boats and expensive homes.

By Peter | 6 April 2012 2:06 PM

Correction to my previous post: Many divorces are due to lack of respect & appreciation for everything women do especially after having children. Some men need to remember that it takes two to tango and make children including sharing the responsibility of raising them. These are not cavemen times although after reading the comments from a few men - we just might be on the beginning of another Neanderthal era.

By marian | 6 April 2012 7:08 PM

Ah, a lot irate comments here, and a few feminist rants too. It makes me feel distinctly uncomfortable, when I see the working mother’s drop of the 3 month old baby and the other toddler at the Kindergarten in order that they can purse their careers. Who is raising your kids? Granted, in some cases it is absolutely financially necessary, but, for purely material accumulation only, it somehow does not feel right. I was raised in the 60's and remember the majority of mothers looking after their children, they were full time mothers and not unhappy at all, their choice. It seems that we have abandoned some traditional values; perhaps, marriages/relationships are failing for this reason?


By Highlander | 9 April 2012 5:34 PM

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