Combining self-employment and family life (Family and Work Series)

Combining self-employment and family life (Family and Work Series)

By: Alice Bell (author), Ivana La Valle (author)Paperback

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Despite the increasing policy interest in work-life balance issues, relatively little research has been carried out into the links between self-employment and family life. This report considers, for the first time, the extent to which new family-friendly initiatives and legislation provide adequate support for self-employed parents. Drawing on an analysis of survey material from 10,000 families with children, the report explores topical issues such as: whether self-employment offers working parents greater flexibility than other forms of employment the price of flexibility difficulties in relation to childcare differences between the experiences of self-employed mothers and fathers

About Author

Alice Bell is a Researcher at NatCen (National Centre for Social Research) where she has been involved in the design and coordination of several large-scale surveys in the fields of education and childcare, including a recent national survey of parents of three- and four-year-old children, which explored their use of early years services. Ivana La Valle is a Research Director at NatCen where she is responsible for coordinating the NatCen policy interest group on families and children. In recent years she has conducted several large-scale surveys, as well as in-depth qualitative studies, on the link between parental employment and childcare provision, family-friendly working practices, student parents and the impact of atypical working on family life.


Introduction; Working arrangements; Use of childcare; Influences on mothers' decision to work; Working couples and self-employment; Conclusion.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781861345332
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 64
  • ID: 9781861345332
  • ISBN10: 186134533X

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