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Homemaker: the happiest job in the UK

Friday 10 June 2016

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New research from LV=’s Home Truths Index reveals housewives and househusbands are the happiest in their careers.

Our latest study found only one in seven homemakers are dissatisfied in their role with the most significant factors contributing to their high satisfaction levels being able to spend time with their children, low stress levels and flexible working hours.

However, the hours are much longer than others expect with homemakers working 66 hours a week on average, with tasks like childcare, cooking and cleaning taking up the majority of their time.

The Office for National Statistics values the work of a homemaker at £38,162 per year, making them crucial to both the household.

The importance of homemakers is underlined by the fact that if they were to do their normal household tasks because of an accident or illness, it would take less than 6 days for their homes to fall into disarray. A fifth of homes with a housewife or househusband would have to pay for help like a cleaner or childminder and over half would have to dip into their savings to do so.

On average, families would only be able to manage to pay for help for just 18 days before they ran out of savings or had to borrow money. Despite this, only 7% of homemakers are covered by an income protection policy, which would provide a financial safety net that would enable them to pay for help if they were unable to do their normal tasks due to illness.

Myles Rix, Managing Director of Protection at LV=, said: “Despite being crucial to many households in the UK, very few families have protection in place that would allow them to pay for help if the homemaker was unable to do their day-to-day tasks. It makes sense to guard against unnecessary household stress by ensuring that both the breadwinner and homemaker are covered by income protection.”

  1. LV= surveyed 3,136 UK adults working in 26 industries and found that homemakers were the least likely to dissatisfied in their role.
  2. According to LV= research, 30% of civil servants are dissatisfied with their jobs, while 29% of people working in both social care and retail said they were dissatisfied.
  3. For homemakers, 30% said one of the three most satisfying factors of their role was being able to spend time with their children, 23% said low stress levels, while 18% said the flexible working hours.
  4. Current homemakers (non-retired) said they work 13.18 hours per day, which means they work 65.9 hours in a 5-day working week.
  5. Office for National Statistics data (April 2016), The value of unpaid chores at home

LV= Home Truths

14% of people in the UK are currently homemakers

of people in the UK are currently homemakers

Homemakers work on average

Homemakers work on average 66 hours a week

a week based on 5 working days

The work of a homemaker is

The work of a homemaker is valued at £38,162

Making them crucial to the household and the economy

Homemakers find most satisfying

Man, woman and baby
30 percent (green)

Spending time with children

23 percent (blue)

Low levels of stress

18 percent (orange)

Flexible working

They are happiest in their careers

Only 1 in 7 are dissatisfied

Six happy faces and one sad face.

If a homemaker fell ill and were unable to do their household tasks, it would take

If a homemaker were unable to do their tasks, it would take 5.9 days for their home to fall into disarray

for their homes to fall into disarray

Families would only be able to pay for help for

Families would only be able to pay for help for 18 days before their savings run out

Before their savings run out

7 percent of homemakers are covered by income protection

of homemakers are covered by income protection

Man, woman and baby under a tree

Average time spent on chores per day

Mentoring 1h, Transport 1h, laundry 1h 30 m, Cooking 1h 45m, Gardening 1h, Shopping 1h, cleaning 1h 45m, Childcare 2h, other 1h 45m

LV= commissioned Opinium Research to conduct the Home Truths survey between 17-25 March 2016. The total sample size was 3,136 UK adults, 752 of who are currently homemakers. The research was conducted online and results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria, where appropriate.

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