Study: Being a Mum is the Equivalent of Having 2.5 Jobs

By March 21, 2018Other

Being a mum isn’t easy. They have to deal with temper tantrums, snotty noses, broken hearts and endless carpooling.

Motherhood isn’t exactly a job where you can clock in at nine and leave again at five. It’s a demanding always-on gig that takes a lot of effort, love and patience.

New research has shown that all the mothers out there are actually working quite a bit of overtime (make that a lot).

Welch’s juice company recently surveyed 2,000 American mums of children aged five to 12 and analysed their weekly schedule.

The report found that the average daily start time for a mum is 6:23am – much earlier than when most people start their working day.

By the time a mother has finished all her tasks (career-related or parenting), she ends her work at 8.31 pm. That’s a 14 hour work day, 7 days a week.

In total that amounts to staggering 98 hours of work every week or two and half times more than the average job.

The survey also revealed that the average mother gets just one hour and seven minutes of time to herself every day. You can barely call that a lunch break!

Casey Lewis, health and nutrition lead at Welch’s, told Yahoo “The results of the survey highlight just how demanding the role of mom can be and the non-stop barrage of tasks it consists of.”

One thing is for certain the survey certainly puts the working day into perspective.


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Author Alice Murray

Alice Murray is a Content Creator at Jobbio with a passion for Employer Branding and Graduate Culture. She's a keen traveller and a self-proclaimed lazy runner.

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