unpaid work


Entrepreneurs reliant on spouses’ unpaid work

Entrepreneurs are reliant on the unpaid work of their spouses, according to new research which found that the husbands and wives of British business owners are working more than 230 million unpaid hours every month. Research from Bibby Financial Services revealed that 68% of spouses regularly take part in some form of unpaid work for their partner’s business and almost 18% work five days or more a week for free.Bibby’s chief executive Edward Rimmer said: “It is clear that having an obliging ‘other half’ who is happy to be behind the scenes can be the key to business success, particularly in these volatile economic times when recruiting an extra pair of hands can be costly and time–consuming.” The survey also found that 41% of spouses regularly work... »

Single Women Do More Unpaid Work

Single Women in their 30s do more unpaid work than anybody else, according to a report by the TUC. Just as we get into Work Your Proper Hours Day findings from the TUC indicate that 39% of single women in their 30s do unpaid overtime at work. By comparison only around 26% of men in their 30s do unpaid overtime. Analysis of official statistics show that British workers did a record £25 billion of unpaid work in 2007 with nearly 5 million workers putting in extra unpaid hours – that’s 103,000 up on the previous year. On average Britain’s unpaid overtimers put in an extra seven hours a week for which they would earn an extra £4,955 a year had they been paid for their hours. The variations between professions that do unpaid overtime is also varied with legal, medi... »