The cost of childcare for young children has risen seven times faster than wages in the East Midlands since 2008, the second highest rise across England and Wales.
A report by the TUC Union has found that parents are now spending more of their salary looking after their children, with single parents spending more than a fifth of their wages.
The analysis reveals that in the East Midlands the average wages of those with a one-year-old child rose by 9% in cash terms - although pay is still falling in real terms - between 2008 and 2016.
However, over the same period, childcare costs shot up by 48%.
Across England and Wales, the East Midlands has seen the second biggest increase in childcare costs compared to wage rises, with nursery fees rising on average 7 times more quickly than pay.
Only London has seen a bigger increase, where childcare costs have gone up 7.4 times faster than wages, the average increase across England is 4 times.
While there is government support for childcare for children aged two and older, most working parents with one-year-olds do not get any state help with childcare costs.
Around 950,000 working parents across the UK have a child aged one, and it's now thought the rising costs are having significant implications for family budgets.
Statistics for the East Midlands are as follows:
- · A single parent working full-time with a one-year-old in nursery for 21 hours a week (21 hours is the median amount of childcare used per week for pre-school age children) spent 23% of their wages on childcare in 2016, up from 17% in 2008.
- · One parent working full-time and one parent working part-time with a one-year-old in nursery for 21 hours a week spent 15% of their salary on childcare in 2016, up from 11% in 2008.
- · Two parents working full-time with a one-year-old in nursery for 21 hours a week spent 12% of their wages on childcare in 2016, up from 8% in 2008.
The TUC say the analysis also shows pressure is even greater on parents working full-time, especially single parents.
A single mum or dad in the East Midlands with a young child in nursery for 40 hours a week would need to spend nearly half (45%) of their pay on childcare. TUC Regional Secretary Lee Barron said: