Women Increasingly Unhappy and Struggle to Juggle

In new research to be published on Monday, Pocock and co-authors Natalie Skinner and Reina Ichii find that despite average work hours falling slightly in the past year (from 38.2 to 37.1 hours a week), most likely because of the economic downturn, work-life balance for many remains elusive. For women, particularly those working full time, it has worsened.

The Australian Work and Life Index 2009 surveys 2700 workers: men, women, full time, part time, rich, poor, young and old. In its third year, the research begins to find patterns in what Pocock prefers to describe as “work-life interference”.

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