New study finds men are doing more housework than ever before

Must See 29/07/2020

A new study by the Resolution Foundation has suggested that men are doing more housework than they ever have before.

The study looked into how people have been using their time over the last fourty or so years, and made sure to consider the differences in genders, geography and household income levels.

It found that men are doing less paid work overall, while women were doing more.

Men's hours of paid work were reduced by 8hr 10mins down to 34 hours per week. Their unpaid hours have upped to 16 a week.

Meanwhile, over the last four decades, women increased their paid working hours by 5 hours 18 minutes to 22 hours a week on average. Women have also reduced their unpaid hours by 2 hours 44 minutes during that time.

George Bangham, an economist at the Resolution Foundation, told that:

"Debates around how people spend their time often focus on a single goal – speeding up the move to a shorter working week to enable more time for socialising, sport and hobbies."

"But this isn’t how people’s lives have changed over the past four decades, desirable as it may be. Men are doing less paid work, while women are doing more. Both have less time for play – with childcare up, and leisure time down."

He added that the findings are concerning:

"Instead, a worrying new ‘working time inequality’ has emerged, with low-income households working far fewer hours per week than high-income ones."

"As many households rethink their time use in light of the lockdown, it’s important to remember that while some people want to work fewer hours, others want or need to work more. And for many, control of working hours can be as important as the amount they do."

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