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May 10, 2021

Women work longer hours than men: report

There has been much made about gender wage gaps in this space, and certainly across the site MSN has investigated where, and by how much, men earn more than women.

Though nagging stereotypes exist inside any analysis of gender wage gaps.

The male worker, to many, is the executive up at five a.m., wearing a suit and prone to burning the midnight oil. The female worker, to some, is the receptionist in at nine and out at 4:45, home to the kids and a preheated oven.

Of course this is offensive, but in fact it’s also wrong. A new survey shows women put longer hours in the office than men.

According to Bullhorn, Inc., a Boston-based software recruiting firm, women work slightly more aggregate hours than men, but a big difference is seen in the amount of nine-plus hour days each works.

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Of the more than 5,000 employees polled by Bullhorn, 54 per cent of women said they worked more than nine hours per day, compared to just 41 per cent of men.

Further, women seem to remain more plugged into the office life when away on vacation. Sixty-eight per cent of women said they stayed connected to work while away, compared to 62 per cent of men.

“Generally, women are working harder and longer,” said Art Papas, Bullhorn CEO.

Question the data if you like, but Bullhorn insists there is no slant to its findings. In fact, Bullhorn wasn’t even studying male/female work hours, but instead work habits in general when the numbers popped out at them.

“We were looking at work habits and out jumps this difference between men and women and their works habits and we were blown away,” Papas said.

Do you agree with the Bullhorn data? Men, do you work less than the women you know? Women, do you work more than the men you know?

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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