Working mums – this is why you’re tired and your other half isn’t!

Eight out of 10 married women do more housework than their husbands
Tax relief for cleaners and nannies would entrench gender injustice for middle earners

women do more cleaning than menEight out of 10 married women (77%) do more housework than their husbands, according to new analysis from the think tank IPPR.

IPPR analysis shows that just one in 10 married men (10%) do an equal amount of housework as their wives, while just over one in 10 (13%) of women say that their husbands do more housework than they do.

If you’re a working mum, it will explain why you’re always tired and stressed and your other half seems to be unaffected by the busy working week.

The think tank says that these survey findings show that couples find it easier to split into traditional ‘breadwinner’ and ‘homemaker’ roles than they do to share employment, childcare and housework.

The latest statistics show the number of ‘house husbands’ in Britain has trebled in the past 15 years, although there are still just 62,000 men who are economically inactive and say they care for family or the home.

IPPR analysis shows that eight out of ten married women (87%) do seven or more hours a week of housework – the equivalent of an entire working day. Almost a third of married women (30%) do 7-12 hours of housework a week, while almost half of married women (45%) do 13 hours or more.

Just 3% of married women do less than three hours of housework each week (probably full-time working mums), while 10% are able to do just 4-6 hours.

Among married women doing the least housework (just 0-6 hours a week), more than a third of men (40%) do more housework than their wives but almost two thirds (60%) do less. It is likely that most of these couples have paid help although there are no official figures for the number of UK homes that employ domestic staff.

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