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Why dads' worth is less than mums

sex and relationships Updated: Jun 14, 2012 16:54 IST
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Three days before Father's Day on June 17, a new study says that dads are worth less than mums based on the work they do at home.

According to Insure.com’s 2012 Father’s Day Index, a dad’s home front contributions were valued at just over $20,000, which is nearly one-third of what mums would earn.

Insure.com’s index assesses the value of dad’s domestic duties based on the hourly compensation individuals receive for performing the same tasks, according to data from Bureau of Labor Statistics. It turns out that dad’s work around the house would earn him a paycheck of $20,248 for the year, increased by a mere 103 dollars from last year’s index.

The site assessed mum’s valuation for 2012 at $60,182.

Insure.com assigned more “fix-it” jobs to dad, and more nurturing jobs to mum in the index.

The site lists dads' jobs to include barbequing, helping with homework, moving furniture, coaching a team, and performing maintenance around the house.

Meanwhile, mums' jobs at home included shopping for family, nursing wounds, giving haircuts, and cleaning up.

However, the way in which home roles corresponded to waged employment does not necessarily correlate.

One of mums' jobs was finding what the kids were up to. For this task, earned 869 dollars annually, which was extrapolated from BLS earnings of private detectives and investigators.

Also, mums and dads performing the same jobs for the same amount of time would earn different wages.

Based on the index, a father would earn 12.03 dollars hourly for driving the kids, which Insure.com estimates he’d perform 9 hours a week for 52 weeks out of the year.

However, a mum performing the same tasks for the same amount of time would earn 13.83 dollars an hour, according to the website.

There were no projections for how much it would cost to hire a babysitter under “jobs” for dad, a task for which mum earned 19,196 dollars annually, nearly all of dad''s salary.

The jobs assigned to men versus women in the indices raises issues of gender-bias, says Brad Harrington, executive director at the Boston College Center for Work and Family.

“I think it stresses people’s stereotypes of men’s roles and women’s roles,” ABC News quoted him as saying.

“Especially without having asked men what they do in their free time, or what they do with the kids when they’re home,” he said.

Harrington said that while gender roles have not disappeared as to who does what in the home and with the kids, it is often assumed that parenting roles have not changed, when in fact, that is not the case.