Date
24 July 2017
Flowers to mark Mother's Day on Sunday. Many working moms feel guilty for not spending enough time with their families. Photo: CNSA
Flowers to mark Mother's Day on Sunday. Many working moms feel guilty for not spending enough time with their families. Photo: CNSA

17% of HK working moms spend less than an hour daily with family

Most working mothers in Hong Kong do overtime work and find little time to spend with their families, a survey showed.

The average time most of them spend at work is 55.4 hours per week,  Ming Pao Daily reported Monday, citing a survey released by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU).

The survey, based on online interviews with 280 working moms conducted in April and May, showed that 60 percent of them have to work for more than 44 hours per week.

Four of them, who are engaged in retail sales and elderly care, work 84 hours a week, or 14 hours a day.

About 36 percent said they only have one to two hours per day to spend with their families, while 17 percent said they have less than one hour.

And because they spend less time with their families than they think they should, many working moms feel guilty, anxious and nervous, the survey showed.

Yu Mei-wan, chairwoman of the women’s affairs committee under the HKCTU, called on the government to speed up legislation limiting working time to 44 hours a week.

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