The number of women engaged in ‘home duties’ has fallen by a massive 30,000 in just one year according to the latest Quarterly National Household Survey from the CSO.
The number of women working in the home in the fourth quarter of 2012 stood at 491,000 down from 521,000 in the final quarter of 2011.
The previous year-on-year fall was 15,000 and between the fourth quarter of 2009 and the fourth quarter of 2010 the fall was only 3,300.
The fall in the number of women engaged in home duties is therefore accelerating all the time.
The fall in the number of women working outside the home is likely connected to financial pressures on households due to the recession.
The figures also show that twice as many women are working part-time, compared to men.
There are 307,900 women working part-time, compared to 142,300 men.
Nearly half of men working part-time, or 65,200, consider themselves underemployed.
However, only a quarter of all women who are working part-time, or 80,200, consider themselves underemployed.
The Constitution says that women should not be forced to work outside the home because of ‘economic necessity’.
Earlier this month the Constitutional Convention voted to make the constitutional reference to ‘women in the home’ gender-neutral’ but to continue to protect the role of ‘carers in the home’.