Parents in UK face some of the highest childcare costs

British parents face some of the highest childcare costs in Europe, according to data from the OECD.

A comparison of childcare costs as a percentage of families' average net incomes show that:

  • Families in the UK pay a third (33%) of their net income on childcare
  • Families Sweden, Greece, Portugal and Poland all spend around 5% of net income on childcare
  • The EU average is 12%
  • The average for all OECD members is 13%

(Data compares childcare costs for families with two working parents with a child in full-time care)

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