and social changes have had a major impact on the workforce and will continue
to do so.
of women aged 16-59 now work(ONS, 1998). Women are also predicted to account for
72% of the growth in jobs over the next few years and this will total 45% of all
the next 20 years, the dependent elderly will out-number the dependent young and
an increasing number of employees will have eldercare as well as child-care responsibilities.
In 1996, one adult in eight in Britain was looking after, or providing some regular
service, for a sick or elderly person(ONS, 1996) and 2.8 million men in the United
Kingdoms are carers(ONS, 1998).
- The proportion of families
with dependent children headed by a lone parent has increased over the last thirty
years from less than 8% to approximately 20%(ONS, 1996).
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