Families Count 2024: new resource on family structure now available


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Family Diversities and Wellbeing Framework

Family Work

How paid and unpaid work are distributed in families

The Family Work lens focuses on patterns of paid and unpaid work within families.

The division of work among family members shapes their opportunities for workforce participation and access to benefits such as pensions, parental benefits, and caregiver leaves. The ways in which work is distributed within families provides insights into how paid and unpaid work are valued and supported.

This lens motivates us to examine how public and workplace policies hinder, support, or otherwise shape diverse work arrangements and the different impacts these arrangements have on families and family life.


•             Care work

•             High-risk work

•             Precarious work

•             Work requiring periods of absence

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