Unpaid Work Calculator

Know your potential worth: calculate what the real value of your unpaid work at home might be.

Enter your weekly hours

Housework
Housework
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Childcare
Childcare
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Cooking
Cooking
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Laundry
Laundry
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Transport
Transport
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Adult Care
Adult Care
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Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, 2016, Office for National Statistics

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Ever thought about how much unpaid work you do around the house? Or how you'd pay for it if you couldn’t do it yourself?

When we think about work, most of us just count the hours doing a job. But what about the work you do at home that doesn’t pay a salary? Tasks such as cooking, cleaning and childcare are classed as ‘unpaid work'. Using the Office of National Statistics data on average national earnings, you can now see the real value of it here in cash terms.

Why is it worth knowing the value of your unpaid work?

We don’t like to think about it, but life can throw unexpected things at us. If you weren’t able to do all the things you do because of illness or worse, then those things would have to be paid for as an outside service. That can be a big cost, as your amounts above probably show! But if you have the right kind of insurance then those costs will get paid for you whatever happens. Critical Illness Cover, Income Protection and Life Insurance can make sure you, or your loved ones, don’t have to pay out if life gets disrupted. It’s well worth exploring what it would cost you to be able to cover all your unpaid work. You can quickly check using the links below.

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