CLAIM: Low childcare provision contributes to low levels of female employment in Northern Ireland.
CONCLUSION: The claim may be misleading. While childcare provision is more limited in Northern Ireland than in Great Britain, and female employment rates are lower in Northern Ireland than the UK average, there is insufficient evidence of a causal link between childcare provision and female (versus maternal) employment in this case. According to the most recently available data, Northern Ireland actually has higher maternal employment rates than the UK average. Continue reading Has low childcare provision caused a low female employment rate?