Parents lag on life balance
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.