chapter  3
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Working carers: caring workers


One of the most important sociodemographic trends of the twentieth century was the marked shift in ‘women’s work’ and family commitments. Changes in fertility together with later marriage have enabled increasing numbers of women to enter the labour market and pursue careers alongside raising a family. As labour market changes increasingly require women in the workplace, and job flexibility enables them to take greater advantage of such opportunities, more women in mid-life will be found in paid work. Some will be tempted back into paid work after having a family, whereas others will have remained in work, supported by childcare arrangements. At the same time, these women are more likely to be involved in the care of an older adult.