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Hired help for chores no relief for women

​Whether it is takeaway pizza, nannies or a once-a-fortnight cleaner, working couples have turned to the market in droves to get the chores done and keep their households functioning.
Nanjing Night Net

Since working mothers do most of the housework, you’d expect that hiring more home help would mean women spend less time on domestic jobs and feel less pressured for time.But research shows it’s not always that simple.

The University of NSW’s Lyn Craighas led two studies published this year examining how outsourcing in Australia has affected the amount of housework women do and the way couples split chores.

The researchers conclude that, overall, outsourcing housework “may save time and reduce pressure for some women”. But itis more complicated than you might expect.

About one in eight couples report outsourcing some domestic chores but Professor Craig rates the impact of home help on women’s time use, and stress levels, as “pretty marginal”.

There’s evidence that one service commonly outsourced by working parents – childcare – may actually leave women feeling more time pressure.

“That makes sense because there are so many deadlines associated with childcare,” said ProfessorCraig. “People are often rushing to pick kids up or drop them off.”

Even though women do far more domestic labour, on average, than men the researchers found families often outsource the chores done by men rather than women.

It is possible that some working mothers feel the need to continue doing a significant amount of housework even though they are paying for home help.

Another alternative is that women with “high standards of household cleanliness and domestic order” are both employing domestic helpandspending time doing housework.

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