Employment, domestic and family workload and voluntary work

Mothers and fathers with children under 15 are often under great time pressure trying to balance their jobs, domestic and family workload; this is particularly the case for parents with children under 7. Although working and family roles are unequally divided in our society, the total amount of hours worked by men and women is by and large the same in comparable family situations. Lone parents work similarly long hours to partners in couple households with children.
Compared with 2010, women spend 1.0 hour more on paid work and men 1.7 hours more on domestic and family work. Due to a revision of the SLFS methodology in 2010, trends over the whole period since 1997 should be interpreted with caution.


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