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Women in Leicester are doing £2 billion worth of unpaid labour every year 

Women in Leicester are doing £2 billion worth of unpaid labour every year 

  • New research reveals how much unpaid work women in the city are doing, and what it would be worth on the labour market 
  • Women aged 16 and over in Leicester carry out £2 billion worth of work every year 
  • Average woman does work equivalent to job paying £15k per year 

A new study has revealed how much unpaid work the average woman does, and the amount she would be paid for it on the job market. It estimates that the combined total for women across Leicester totals billions of pounds each year.

The research, by IVA Advice, analysed the unpaid household tasks a British woman does on average each week, such as childcare, cooking, laundry and cleaning, and the average salary for jobs doing the equivalent, such as a cleaner, carer or kitchen assistant.

It revealed that women spend more than 30 hours per week doing unpaid labour and could expect to be paid around £15,000 a year for the work.

An estimated 139,000 women over the age of 16 live in Leicester, which means the combined total of unpaid work by women across the city equates to £40.28 million each week, £174 million each month, and £2 billion each year.

On a national scale, approximately 21.5 million women over the age of 16 live in the UK, so the unpaid work by women adds up to a staggering £891 million each day, £27 billion each month, and £324 billion each year.

In addition, 71.8% of those women also have paid jobs, meaning 15.49 million women are effectively working two jobs, while only being paid for one.

If the work were to be paid, government coffers would swell to the tune of an extra £10.9 billion per year in tax, and £14.3 billion in annual National Insurance contributions.

On average the most time-consuming unpaid labour for women in the UK is cooking, which takes up more than seven hours each week, followed by nearly six hours of providing transport, and more than four hours each of childcare and housework.

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