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Married People: Working Hours

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many hours were worked on average by married couples in each of the last 30 years.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Glen Watson, dated February 2013

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many hours were worked on average by married couples in each of the last 30 years (144271).

Estimates have been provided from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) household datasets. They show the average combined hours per week of couples where at least one of the couple was in work in April to June of each year since 1996. It covers hours worked in main job and second job where applicable. Data is not available prior to 1996.

The estimates are derived from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and are not seasonally adjusted. As with any sample survey, estimates from the LFS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.

Average number of hours(1) worked by married couples, April-June 1996 to 2012, United Kingdom
  Average numbers of hours worked
2012 58
2011 59
2010 60
2009 59
2008 60
2007 60
2006 60
2005 61
2004 60
2003 60
2002 60
2001 61
2000 61
1999 61
1998 62
1997 62
1996 62
(1) Hours worked refers to the total actual hours worked per week by both partners in main and second job. Note: Those in employment are aged 16 and over. Source: Labour Force Survey household datasets

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