Par­ents lag on life bal­ance

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - LANAI SCARR

AUS­TRALIAN fam­i­lies are strug­gling with some of the worst work-life bal­ances in the world.

Ac­cord­ing to new re­search that an­a­lysed OECD and World Bank data, Aus­tralia ranks 27 out of 37 coun­tries on work-life bal­ance for par­ents, given their an­nual hours worked and paid an­nual leave al­lowances, ma­ter­nity leave and pa­ter­nity leave.

New Zealand ranked two be­low Aus­tralia in the Ex­pert Mar­ket re­search, with the worst coun­try the US.

Fin­land, Ger­many and Ja­pan were among the best coun­tries in the world for parental work-life bal­ance.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­dex, Aus­tralians work an aver­age of 1669 hours a year, get 20 paid an­nual leave days, 7.6 weeks full-time equiv­a­lent paid ma­ter­nity leave and 0.8 weeks FTE leave — the sec­ond low­est rate of all the coun­tries.

This com­pares with Ger­many on the low­est aver­age work­ing hours at 1363 hours a year, France with 30.3 paid an­nual leave days, Es­to­nia with 85 weeks FTE paid ma­ter­nity leave and Ja­pan’s 30.4 weeks FTE paid pa­ter­nity leave.

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