Who does the most unpaid work around the world? (hint: it ain’t the US)


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Let’s face it – some countries are just better at some things than others.  For example, the French and the Italians are known for their food.  This doesn’t mean that other countries aren’t good at their own food, but what’s the first thing you ask someone when they say they’re heading off for a vacation in Italy? 

That’s right.  Web Watch can’t explain it, it just is.

So when the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) decided to do a survey on which country spends the most time doing household chores, Web Watch thought we’d use this as an opportunity to take a look at countries around the world from a different perspective.

The OECD’s survey entitled WHO’S BUSIEST? WORKING HOURS AND HOUSEHOLD CHORES takes a look at how much time residents of 29 countries devote to unpaid work, such as household chores (cooking, cleaning, caring for others, walking the dogs, and shopping for your own needs).

Some of what they found included:

  • Mexicans spend the most time working (both paid and unpaid), averaging almost 10 hours per day (the average across the entire OECD survey was 8 hours).
  • People in Turkey spend the most time of the OECD countries doing volunteer work or travelling to do unpaid work
  • New Zealanders spend the most time of the OECD countries caring for their own household members, while those in Ireland focus more time on caring for others outside of their household
  • The French spend more time shopping.
  • Koreans spend a lot of time working (the 2nd highest amount of paid working hours in the survey), but they spent the lowest amount of time doing non-paid work