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Proportion of mums in work 'up 50% since mid-1970s'

The proportion of working-age mothers with a job has risen by nearly 50% in the past four decades, a study says.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found the increase was behind a wider rise in the number of women in employment in the UK.
It credited a "huge change in working patterns", with women much less likely to stop work when they have children.
But it said the rise in maternal employment had been most noticeable among partners of higher-earning men.
According to the think tank, the proportion of mothers aged 25-54 in paid work grew from 50% in 1975 to 72% in 2015.
The IFS found that maternal employment had increased most among those with children of pre-school or primary-school age, as well single mothers
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