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.

Since 2010, the hours men spend doing domestic and family work increased and the time they spend in paid employment decreased. Developments over the entire period since 1997 should be interpreted with caution due to a revision of the SLFS in 2010.


Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
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