Thursday, 26 May 2011

Womens' Unpaid Labour

Extracts taken from an article published at

The consulting company Sedlak & Sedlak have presented a report on the topic of women's domestic work, which analyses data taken from the Central Statistics' Office (GUS) for the IV quarter of 2010.

This shows that there are over 16.6 million women living in Poland aged over 15. From this group 7.2m are working, 0.79m are unemployed and 8.6m are economically inactive. From this last group 3.97m are retired, 1.61m are studying and 1.2m are unable to work due to a sickness or disability. As many as 1.42m women do not work due to their family obligations related to running a household. In other words, 1.4 million Polish women have full contracts as Mothers, housewives and carers, the vast majority of whom do not receive any payments and are also therefore unable to gain a pension or health insurance.

The authors of the report refer to estimates made by GUS in 2005 that show how the work of an employed women is worth on average zł270 a week, i.e. 1200zł a month; and the work of those who are not employed is worth around 310zł a week, i.e. 1350zł a month. According to research carried out by Beata Mikuta at the end of the 1990s the domestic work carried out by wormen is worth the same as a high average wage in Poland, which if paid would add about 23% to the country’s GDP.

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