‘On average, women carry out 60% more unpaid work than men’ says a May 2020 report (pdf) from the Women’s Budget Group. This report explores how unpaid care is at the heart of gender inequalities.
The report finds:
- Time-use data for 2000 to 2015 shows that there has been little shift in the overall gendered division of unpaid work
- Unpaid work is vital to the functioning of society and the economy, and feminist economists have long argued for it to be recognised on par with paid work in systems of national accounting
- Part-time working is a major driver of the gender gap, which stands at 17.3% for all employees and means that women, on average, earn 43% of less than men.