A time squeeze? Changes in working hours and in time spent in family responsibilities and housework

Project Status: Archive
Research Areas: Families & Communities
Funding Agency: Australian Research Council - Discovery Program
Non-Staff Involved: Michael Bittman and James Rice

The project explored whether changes to standard hours and forms of employment, together with women's strengthening links with the labour market, have produced a society with declining leisure. Data from four time-use surveys covering the period from 1974 to 1997 provided the first accurate description of trends in leisure time and its interaction with changing family forms and 'flexible labour market practices'. The project produced the first information about changes to the typcial working day, the growth of 'unsociable hours' of work, and shifts in the domestic division of labour.