Here's the graph that shows UK women are working harder than men

(ONS)


According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in the third quarter of 2013 people in the UK were working more than they have been for the past few years.

Over the past 20 years, we've worked fewer hours overall. But comparing the third quarters of 2009 to 2013, average hours worked per week have risen from 31.5 to 32.1.

When it comes to differences between males and females, while the average hours men work has "risen slightly more slowly than the average for all workers" - they're working as hard as they were in 2007 - the average for women went up sharply (although from a lower base), rising from 26.2 to 26.8 hours per week.

That means that each female worker is completing an extra week of work per year compared with mid-2009.

Rising levels of unemployment have meant that the total number of hours worked is now 1.5 per cent above the pre-downturn peak.