Fathers choose flexible work

Last year the average full time working week for men was 43.2 hours, up 1.9 in 20 years and 39.3 for women, up 1.7 hours. Australians' overall working hours per week declined in 2004-2005 says the Australian Bureau of Statistics because of the rise of part-time and casual work. The proportion of stay-at-home fathers and fathers using flexible working arrangements to care for children under-12 grew six per cent over the ten years to 2002 to be 30 per cent, compared with 70 per cent of mothers who share work with child care. The latest ABS domestic social trends assessment showed that nine per cent of fathers chose to work from home.

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