Women work over a month more than men according to report

A new report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has uncovered that women, on average, work 39 more days than men in a year.

The data, compiled by the WEF’s Global Gender Gap suggests women work on average 50 minutes more a day than men, with women in the UK working an average of 12 days more than men.

The report claims that unpaid work has such an effect on the economic inequality of women that it could take up to 170 years to close.

The gap in economic opportunity, the WEF says, is now larger than at any point since 2008.

Although men do 34% more paid work than women, women still spend more of their time on unpaid work such as housework, childcare and care for older people.

When this is factored in, the WEF calculates women work more than a month more than men per year.

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In India, Portugal and Estonia, this equates to more than 50 days more work for women than men per year.

Women work more hours than men in all but six countries studied. Of these six, three were Nordic countries where parental leave can be shared relatively evenly between the parents of a child.

Parental leave is a key factor in the amount of hours worked unpaid, with women bearing the brunt of care for their child. Paid leave for mothers greatly outweighs paid leave for father, a hotly contested issue, and on the whole governments are far more likely to accept the cost for maternity leave over paternity.

The report also shows that there is a limit to the positive effects that extra parental leave can have on the economy. In countries where paid leave exceeds two years, there is a notable decline the number of women likely to participate in the work force.

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