Women’s labour market participation in Northern Ireland

Carol Ackah (University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Norma Heaton (University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Publication date: 1 December 1996


The accepted wisdom is that Northern Ireland is a traditional society within which women’s primary role is defined as homemaker and mother. Examines data on the labour market participation of women in Northern Ireland, drawing comparisons with the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the European Union. Examines four hypotheses as possible explanations for mothers continuing in paid employment. Concludes that, despite living in a society seemingly more traditional than that in many other European Union countries, mothers of young children in Northern Ireland may be more likely to be in employment because they can call on a network of family support to provide informal child care.



Ackah, C. and Heaton, N. (1996), "Women’s labour market participation in Northern Ireland", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 23 No. 12, pp. 58-74. https://doi.org/10.1108/03068299610149273

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