Parents in employment amounted to 64,904 or 74.7 per cent of all parents, up from 64,968 (74.2 per cent) in 2015, according to figures released by the National Statistics Office (NSO).
According to the European Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) Survey for 2016, the absolute majority, 38,021 (95.6 per cent) of fathers were in employment during 2016, 3 per cent were inactive, while those unemployed were in the minority. Furthermore, the absolute majority of working fathers (97.6 per cent) were employed on a full-time basis.
In 2016, 57.1 per cent of mothers with children aged up to 17 years were in employment, and 39.3 per cent were inactive, while the rest were unemployed. Of the 26,883 employed mothers, 16,616 (61.8 per cent) were in full-time employment and 10,267 (38.2 per cent) were in part-time employment.
The average gross annual salary of working parents has been increasing since 2011. The year-on-year increase between 2016 and 2015 was of 2.6 per cent. The average gross annual salary of working fathers in 2016 stood at €20,758, as opposed to €15,713 of working mothers.
The International Day of Families is annually observed on May 15, with the aim of highlighting issues families face, whilst focusing on social, economic and demographic matters.