International Family Day is not as warm and fuzzy as it sounds – it is a day used to mark the economic contribution families make to a country, and whilst we find the idea that this has actually been made into a ‘thing’ quite grotesque, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released some interesting data for today, so we’re sharing it.

In a bid to make their data engaging and “on-trend”, the ONS have titled their information, “Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families”. (Is it just us, or is there an implicit Tory-flavoured dig at men here in an attempt to goad them? Who uses the phrase “in charge” any more?)

The 5 facts on offer are as follows:

  1. Cohabiting couple families were the fastest growing family type since 1996
  2. Number of working families peaked in 2014 at 87.7%, the highest since 1996
  3. Largest increase in the percentage of working families since 1996 has been in lone parent families
  4. Fathers are over 6 times more likely to be working than mothers, in families with one working parent
  5. Children with relatively high life satisfaction are 2.5 times more likely to talk to parents

We’re not quite sure where the emphasis on children’s rights hits this data (point 5 is a gloss on the matter), though we think we’ve made our point about this release being more of a marketing exercise than a valuable public service style announcement…

You can catch the stats and graphs in all their glory, here.


Thank you to Dana for sharing this with us.