Growing Up in Scotland: patterns of maternal employment and barriers to paid work

This report uses data from the Growing Up in Scotland study to investigate the employment patterns of mothers during the first 5 years of their child's life.


First and foremost, the authors would like to thank all the families who have given up their time to take part in the study and have supported it continuously sweep by sweep.

The Growing Up in Scotland study is very much a collaborative venture. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our colleagues in NatCen’s operations and computing departments and to our team of interviewers and supervisors for conducting the interviews with such dedication and professionalism.

We would also like to thank everyone involved in the preparation of this report - particularly Liz Levy, Ganka Mueller and colleagues at the Scottish Government who provided feedback on early drafts. Thank you also to Stephen Hinchliffe for methodological advice, and to Lilinaz Rouhani and Lesley Birse who helped checking and preparing the report for publication.

Responsibility for the opinions expressed in this report, and for all interpretation of the data, lies solely with the authors.


Email: Ganka Mueller

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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