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Indicator 5.4.1 Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location

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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: Data are only available for the years 2000, 2005, and 2015, which are the years used on the X axis. Data were recorded between the periods June 2000 to September 2001, February 2005 to November 2005, and April 2014 to November 2015 respectively

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Definitions

An activity is said to be productive or to fall within the “general production boundary” if it satisfies the third-person criterion (the activity can be delegated to another person and yield the same desired results). Productive activities can be further classified based on the ILO framework for work statistics (included in the 19th ICLS resolution) into - i) Own-use production work (activities to produce goods and services for own final use; the intended destination of the output is mainly for final use of the producer in the form of capital formation, or final consumption by household members or by family members living in other households; in the case of agricultural, fishing, hunting or gathering goods intended mainly for own consumption, a part or surplus may nevertheless be sold or bartered); ii) Employment (activities to produce goods or provide services for pay or profit); ii) Unpaid trainee work (any unpaid activity to produce goods or provide services for others, in order to acquire workplace experience or skills in a trade or profession); iv) Volunteer work (any unpaid, non-compulsory activity to produce goods or provide services for others); v) Other forms of work. The own-use production work can be differentiated based on whether goods or services are produced. Indicator 5.4.1 only considers the own-use production work of services, or in other words, the activities related to unpaid domestic services and unpaid caregiving services undertaken by households for their own use. These activities are listed in ICATUS 2016 under the major divisions “3. Unpaid domestic services for household and family members” and “4. Unpaid caregiving services for household and family members”. As much as possible, statistics compiled by UNSD are based on the International Classification of Activities for Time Use Statistics 2016 (ICATUS 2016), which classifies activities undertaken by persons during the survey period. ICATUS 2016 was adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission for use as an international statistical classification at its 48th session, 7-10 March 2017.

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Calculations

Data presented for this indicator are expressed as a proportion of time in a day. Weekly data is averaged over seven days of the week to obtain the daily average time. Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work is calculated by dividing the daily average number of hours spent on unpaid domestic and care work by 24 hours.

Other information

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location

Target name

Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

UN Statistics Division (UNSD)

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Source 1

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Discontinuous

Earliest available data

2000

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source United Kingdom Time Use Survey, 2000 opens in a new window
Release date

16/01/2017

Next release

11/10/2011

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/help/get-in-touch

Other information

Source 2

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Discontinuous

Earliest available data

2005

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source ONS Omnibus Survey, Time Use Module, February, June, September and November 2005 opens in a new window
Release date

11/10/2011

Next release

16/01/2017

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

help@ukdataservice.ac.uk

Other information

Source 3

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Discontinuous

Earliest available data

2015

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Link to data source United Kingdom Time Use Survey, 2014-2015 opens in a new window
Release date

16/01/2017

Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

help@ukdataservice.ac.uk

Other information