Why chores are worth a trillion pounds


The total value of all unpaid work done by the UK population has been totted up and found to be worth a staggering £1 trillion.
Statisticians looked at the cost of everything from making dinner to cleaning the house, childcare to putting the bins out, carrying out DIY tasks and gardening.
Published by number crunchers from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) the study found that women are doing more than double the amount of unpaid work that men are.
Women were much more likely to take on cleaning duties, cook the family meals and clean the house.
Men, however, were the ones who were more likely to act as a family taxi, ferrying children around.
Interestingly, the ONS has launched an unpaid work calculator, which will allow people to work out how much they could have been paid for the unpaid work they do.
The calculator has been put together using latest statistics on how much professions such as child minders and cleaners pay. It then estimates how much someone would expect to be paid for such tasks if they were in employment.
The ONS revealed that, in total, unpaid work had a total value of just over £1 trillion, which was the same as more than half of the UK’s gross domestic product.
Statisticians found that women do 60 per cent more unpaid work than men on average, carrying out around 26 hours per week of tasks including cleaning, laundry and caring for elderly parents. The figure for men, meanwhile, was 16 hours.
The only area where men could be said to carry out more unpaid work than women was in driving – both themselves and others around, which included commuting to work.
The ONS worked out that one hour of housework was worth £8.58, while an hour of childcare was £15.28 and cooking was priced at £7.63.

If both sexes were paid for their work, the average woman would earn £259.63 extra per week, while for men, the figure would be £166.63.
The age group carrying out the most work were those in the 36 to 45-year-old category, putting in an average of 27.4 hours per week of unpaid work.
That is likely to be because people in that age group are more likely to be parents with children to take care of. They may also be caring for elderly parents.


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