Economic & Labour Market Review

, Volume 1, Issue 11, pp 41–47

Using the FRS to examine employment trends of couples

  • Antonia Simon
  • Elizabeth Whiting

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.elmr.1410172

Cite this article as:
Simon, A. & Whiting, E. Econ Lab Market Rev (2007) 1: 41. doi:10.1057/palgrave.elmr.1410172

Presents findings on the demographic characteristics and employment trends of couples, both with and without dependent children.

This article presents findings on the demographic characteristics and employment trends of couples. The Family Resources Survey (FRS) has been used to explore changes over time (between 1994/95 and 2005/06) for couples with and without dependent children, and differences in gross income and benefit receipt between work-rich couples (where both partners work), work-poor couples (where both partners are inactive or unemployed) and single-earner couples (where only one partner is employed). The FRS is used as it is the most detailed source of data on household income and benefit receipt. The article finds there has been a growth in the number of work-rich couples over time. However, the employment rate for partnered women with dependent children still lags behind those without children. Over time, gross real-term income has increased for all couples, but this increase has been greatest for work-rich couples.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonia Simon
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Whiting
    • 1
  1. 1.Department for Work and Pensions