Results from an
international study of various nations:
Who’s busiest: working hours and household
chores across OECD
Mexicans work longer days than anyone else in
OECD countries, devoting 10 hours to paid and unpaid work, such as
cleaning or cooking at home. Belgians work the least, at 7 hours,
compared with an OECD average of 8 hours a day.
These are among the insights in the latest
edition of Society
at a Glance, which gives an
overview of social trends and policy developments in OECD countries.
Using indicators taken from OECD databases and other sources, it shows
how societies are changing over time and compared with other countries.
Most unpaid work is housework. Mexicans do the
most, at more than 3 hours per day, and Koreans the least, at 1 hour and
19 minutes. Much of this time is spent cooking. Americans spend the
least time cooking each day (30 minutes) and Turks the most in the OECD
(74 minutes). Most people spend around 50 minutes a day cooking.
OECD (2011), Society at a
Glance – OECD Social Indicators
KEY FINDINGS: MEXICO
Did you know?
Mexicans work hard, spending the
most total time working (paid plus unpaid work) in the OECD, on average
nearly 10 hours per day, compared to an OECD average of just over 8
The 4 hours and 21
minute difference in unpaid work time between Mexican women and men is
the largest in the OECD, where the average gap is 2 hours and 28
Mexicans report the third highest positive psychological experiences
(feeling rested, smiling, learning, and enjoyment) and lower than
average negative experiences (pain, worry, stress, sadness, depression).
Only one in four Mexicans express high trust in others, the third lowest
rate in the OECD, and well below the OECD average of 59 per cent. [CO1.xls]