Irish childcare costs drive women from workforce

Sep 21 2006 by Brian Amble Print This Article

Childcare costs in the Republic of Ireland are so high that they are driving women out of the workforce.

A new report by the OECD has found that the cost of childcare is consuming up to 30 per cent of the average family's disposable income.

Irish costs are among the highest in Europe and rising significantly faster than inflation.

Average costs range from Ä200 to Ä350 each week and the OECD says this is driving women from the workforce, particularly when they have a second child.