Housewives work 17hrs a week longer.
Byline: FIONA PARKER
HOUSEWIVES and househusbands work 17 hours a week MORE than the family breadwinner.
Homemakers on average work a 56-hour week to get their chores done - and a fifth feel undervalued.
The survey by LV= found one in three people who go out to work do think the role of home partner is easy.
Even at minimum wage, paying a homemaker for the hours they put in would cost up to [euro]25,000 a year.
Cooking is the most timeconsuming task. An average of one hour 47 minutes a day is spent preparing meals.
Cleaning takes up just two minutes less, while shopping takes an hour 23 minutes.
Home-bound parents of small children face an extra six hours caring for them.
LV='s Myles Rix said: "We understand the crucial role a homemaker contributes."
NOT VALUED Doing chores