Time Use Survey: 2009/10

Embargoed until 10:45am  –  21 June 2011

Key facts

For paid and unpaid work for households and organisations in 2009/10, New Zealanders did the following:

  • Males and females spent a similar amount of time on all paid and unpaid work activities combined (productive activities), but most male work was paid (63 percent) and most female work was unpaid (65 percent). 
  • However, among people aged 15+ not employed full time, women spent more time on productive activities than men (an extra 1 hour and 45 minutes a day), due to women doing much more unpaid work for their own households than men with the same labour force status. 
  • Older people (aged 65+) spent more time on unpaid work than people at other life stages – 4 hours and 31 minutes a day; young people (aged 12–24 years) spent the least, at 1 hour and 46 minutes. 
  • Females spent an average 4 hours and 20 minutes a day on unpaid work; males did 2 hours and 32 minutes. 
  • People aged 25+ spent less time doing unpaid work for organisations than in 1998/99.

In 2009/10, compared with 1998/99, the average daily time spent on activities by New Zealanders aged 12 years and over (12+) included: 

  • A rise in time spent watching television and video to 2 hours and 8 minutes (up 7 minutes), driven by females watching 10 minutes more a day – but males still watched 13 minutes longer a day. 
  • Males spent nearly twice as long playing computer or video games (17 minutes) than active sport (9 minutes) – in 1998/99 they spent a similar time on these activities (11 and 10 minutes, respectively). 
  • No change in the average time spent on all primary exercise or sporting activities – 19 minutes a day. 
  • The same top five activities continued to use over two-thirds of each day – sleeping, paid work, watching television, eating and drinking, and socialising with others. 
  • The difference in time spent by males and females doing unpaid work narrowed slightly – mainly because females did less indoor cleaning (down 11 minutes). 
  • A near doubling of time spent on education and training by unemployed people (aged 15+) – up to 66 minutes a day. 
  • No overall change in the total time spent on labour force activities, although people employed full time did 26 minutes less a day, and some groups (such as sole parents with children under 15 years and people aged 45+) did more.
Geoff Bascand 21 June 2011
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