More mums in the workforce: ABS

As Mother's Day fast approaches, latest Census data shows more than 53% of Australia's six million mums are active in the workforce - an increase of about seven percentage points over the 10 years to 2016.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics also points out mothers are increasingly likely to be employers of self-employed. This percentage rose from 3.9% to 6.7% in the 20 years to 2016.

And for the past 21 years, corporate Australia - in particular industry superannuation funds - have recognised mothers' working contributions as well as raised more than $33 million to support and remember those touched by breast cancer.

The nationwide annual Mother's Day Classic fun run and walk will once again be held in major cities on Sunday. Last year Link Fund Administration chief executive Suzanne Holden won the Mother's Day Classic's Corporate Challenge, raising $21,396.90. She only just pipped CareSuper chief executive Julie Lander, who raised $20,421.79.

According to the Mother's Day Classic website, this year Lander is keen to turn the tables.

"I enjoy the competitive side of the corporate challenge somewhat, but not as much as our marketing team do, they really embrace it. They check the leaderboard frequently, but in the end, it's not really about winning, but raising as much money as possible," she said.

"Internally it brings staff together as well, all working for a common cause. And that has been a very positive outcome for the organisation."

The 2016 Census shows 90% of partnered mums felt their health was good, very good or excellent. This is compared to 76% of single mums feeling the same way.

On average the ABS said partnered mums rated life satisfaction at 7.8 out of 10 - higher than 6.9 for single mums, but lower than eight out of 10 for women with no children.

Full-time working mothers were most commonly employed in primary or secondary education, hospitals, and aged care.

"The most common occupation for mothers working full-time was as a general clerk performing administrative duties. For those working part-time, most were employed as sales assistants. This is unchanged from 2011," the ABS said.

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