Australian women do more unpaid work than men. Not surprising at all

Australian Women Do More Unpaid Work Than Men. Not Surprising At All
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Australian women perform an additional hour of unpaid labor per day than men, according to a recent study.

Domestic responsibilities such as cleaning, shopping, and preparing food and beverages are all considered unpaid labor. Childcare is also included.

Between November 2020 and July 2021, the Australian Bureau of Statistics examined the daily routines of individuals over the age of 15, finding that Australian women spent four hours and 31 minutes each day engaging in unpaid employment activities.

On the other hand, men spend an hour and twelve minutes less per day on these activities on average.

Lisa Scanlon, Director of Social Surveys and Statistics said the data shows a “snapshot of how people balance their time between work, leisure, caring and other activities”.

“Mothers spent an average of 3 hours and 34 minutes participating in child care activities a day, while fathers spent 2 hours and 19 minutes,” she said.

It’s interesting to note that Australian men spent approximately 8 hours and 13 minutes each day on activities connected to their jobs, whereas women spent 7 hours and 12 minutes.

The poll also shed light on what individuals do with their free time, revealing that, on average, respondents spent 5 hours and 27 minutes each day engaging in social, recreational, and leisure activities.

Australian Women Do More Unpaid Work Than Men. Not Surprising At All
The findings indicate that while men work an hour longer each day for pay, women perform the majority of unpaid work. Image: australian bureau of statistics

According to the study, 75% of respondents said they spent an average of 2 hours and 55 minutes per day watching television and videos, while 20% said they spent an average of 1 hour and 29 minutes per day engaging in physical activity, sports, and outdoor activities.

Participants in the poll were asked how often they felt rushed, and Australian women between the ages of 35 and 44 were most likely to say they felt rushed always or frequently (55% of the time).

Many males criticised the findings on social media, pointing up discrepancies they felt were ignored. On the other hand, women found their reaction highly amusing, explaining it’s not a shock to them at all.

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