Working women feel 'trapped'

When women finish one working day another one begins at home, according to new research.

The problem is not in asking employers to understand a need for work-life balance, but getting partners to share domestic chores.

The report, from The Work Foundation and Employers for Work-Life Balance, found that three out of five people thought their employer would support all employees, with or without children, working flexibly.

But women were still three-and-a-half times more likely than men to perform all domestic tasks and over 12 times more likely to manage all childcare.

The result was that they were often pulled in two directions at once and could end up trapped in lower paid jobs.

The survey showed that the only time men and women shared tasks evenly was when their salaries and career priorities were equally matched.

The research also showed that more than two-thirds of respondents wanted to spend more time with their family.

Even those without children said they would like to be at home more.

Over a third of employees said they were so worn out by their work that they fell asleep on the sofa once they got home.

More than a quarter said they existed on fast food, pre-prepared meals and snacks because they did not have time to cook.

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