Work and care distribution within Dutch families examined

Division of work between fathers and mothers is changed by the corona crisis

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The corona crisis has a major effect on the work and home situation of Dutch families with children. On average, more changed for mothers than for fathers. Mothers have less time off, experience more work pressure and still take on more household and care tasks. This is evident from research by sociologists Mara Yerkes and Chantal Remery, (Utrecht University) that they did together with researchers from the University of Amsterdam and Radboud University.

Since the corona crisis, fathers have taken on more household and care tasks. More than a fifth (22%) of the fathers took care of the children more than before. Despite this increase mothers still continue to do the majority of the care and household tasks. 

Work-life balance

The impact on working parents is great. They experience more work pressure (35%), have less time off (48%) and are more likely to disagree about the care for the children (51%). In general parents feel like their work-life balance is worse than before the pandemic. 

Increase in workload

The impact on mothers is even greater. Women experience an increase in workload and have less time off than their male partners. The workload is highest in families where all parents work in a crucial profession. However, the pandemic doesn't have the same effect on all families. Some parents do not experience an increase in workload or an increase in disagreement with their partner.

The researchers wrote a policy paper based on their findings.