Wales

Barriers to work

Key points

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Graph 1: By reason

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Graph 2: Childcare

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Definitions and data sources

The first graph shows the main reasons for not working for men and women who are not working but want to work.  Respondents are asked to identify the main reasons why they are not working at the moment.  Note that individuals can state more than one reason for not working.  Note also that the figure referring to 'childcare' is a combination of the two responses in the survey - 'childcare not available', and 'childcare too expensive'; and that 'carer' refers to someone with responsibility for a family/household member other than a child.

The proportions do not add up to 100% because respondents can state more than one reason, and because there are other (less frequently identified) reasons for not working that are not included in the graph.

The data source for the first graph is the Future Skills Wales Household Survey 2003 (the data is not publicly available).

The second graph shows the number of registered childcare places per children aged 0-8 in each local authority.  Registered childcare places include provision through childminder provision, crèches, full day care and sessional day care.

The data source for the second graph is the QA Plus Database of the Welsh Assembly Government, supplied by the Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales (the data is not publicly available).  The data is for 2004.

Overall adequacy: limited (first graph), medium (second graph).  In the first graph, the sample size is small and it may be that some people are reluctant to identify their reason for not working.  In the second graph, the data is comprehensive and updated on a continuous basis.  However, it does not capture informal childcare, such as relatives and friends looking after children.

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