A third of people claim stay-at-home partners 'have it easy'

26 June 2015
Stay-at-home husbands or wives work on average 56 hours a week – 17 hours more than their at-work partners excluding the commute, a new survey has revealed. But the online survey of 2,000 people, by insurer LV=, found that one in three breadwinners believe that stay-at-homers have it 'easy'. On the clockClocking up an 11-hour day, homemakers spend the most time on cooking (1h 47m) and cleaning (1h 45m), while other tasks include laundry (1h 30m), shopping (1h 23m), gardening (1h 4m), ferrying the children around (56m), helping them with homework (1h 8m) and general tasks/household admin (1h 41m). If homemakers have young children, they'll spend an extra six hours a day on childcare. Meanwhile, almost a third (30%) of homemakers worry that their partner thinks they could do better and 21% feel undervalued. This is despite the value of the work they do topping out at £364 a week or £19,000 a year were they to be paid the minimum wage. Nearly half of households would be forced to rely on help from family or friends and 20% would have to pay for services such as a cleaner or childminder. Sadly, 8% said they 'wouldn't be able to cope' because they couldn't get help from their families. Myles Rix, managing director of protection at LV=, said: "At LV=, we understand the crucial role that a homemaker contributes in the family, often working long hours on a multitude of tasks. This is why our income protection product can also cover the homemaker, providing an income if they are unable to carry out the daily tasks associated with this role due to illness or injury."

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