Women less likely to progress at work following childbirth, new research suggests

Women are less likely to progress at work following the birth of a child compared to men, that's according to research by the University of Essex.

Scientists studied 500 new parents and found only 27.8% of women were in full-time or self-employed work three years after having a baby, compared to 90% of new fathers.

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Dr Alina Pelikh, from the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex, said: "While we've only looked at the first five years following a child being born, all these factors suggest that the patterns we've observed are unlikely to be reversed as children grow older."

The study found women are less likely to progress at work following the birth of a child compared to men. Credit: PA

The study involved 2,281 women who had given birth between 2010 and 2014, 43% of whom were first-time mothers.

Researchers say the results of the study suggests women still suffer economically as a result of taking on childcare responsibilities.