CTUR post-industrial work and leisure research attracts international media interest
Posted: 19 May 2014

Rich, well-educated men and women are working much longer hours than those on low incomes, according to a new working paper by the Centre for Time Use Research (CTUR) at the University of Oxford.

The researchers from the Department of Sociology based their findings on the time diaries of men and women from 16 developed countries from 1961 to the present, collected as the Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS). It shows that the best educated men are now working longer than in the lowest point in the 1970s.

Those in continental Europe for example increased their overall work time from just over 500 minutes per day (around 350 minutes paid work, 150 unpaid housework, shopping and childcare ) to 550 minutes per day (370 minutes paid, 180 unpaid). An increase of 20 minutes paid work, together with 30 minutes more unpaid work.

In most of the countries surveyed, men’s and women’s total work hours per day are the same to within a few minutes when paid and unpaid are combined. However, women still do the lion’s share of the domestic chores and childcare across all countries. The highly educated Nordic men are the most likely to share housework and childcare duties with their partners, but even so they do 45% of this leaving 65% of it to be done by the women.


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