yasaminhassan on October 30th, 2009


”On the whole, the women [receiving the DPB] are at a disadvantage when it comes to re-entering the workforce. Their skills do not command good wages. Their childcare responsibilities and their attitude towards childcare coupled with their lack of good and widely available public childcare steer them towards part-time work in often vulnerable occupations. Employers are influenced by the negative stereotype, unless they know the woman personally, they associate women heading one parent families with unreliability, time off for sick children and so on. Like other aspects of the stereotype of the “solo mother”, this appears to have little foundation in reality. Yet particularly with regard to employers’ attitudes and the women’s own confidence, the stereotype can be damaging, and provide one more obstacle on the tricky road back to work …Confidence is crucial in the return to work. As with many married mothers who have been at home for some time engaged in childcare, the difference between the sphere and the work sphere gradually widens into a gap which may seem unbridgeable in the absence of advice, encouragement and some involvement in matters beyond the home…. Without some form of training or encouragement the employment outlook for many of the women is not bright.” Dr C.R. Wylie



“With the economy softening, there is a risk that sole parents will fall back onto benefits, and we should give special attention to helping to reconnect these sole parents to the labour market where possible. If there are no jobs, a period of education and retraining will need to be the short-term focus. Briefing to the Incoming Minister 2008