TomorrowMakers

This Mother’s Day we put a value to the invaluable services our homemakers unflinchingly provide. Here’s how much they should make

How much will homemakers make if they got a salary?

Homemakers work long hours, without any leaves or holidays. They mostly do repetitive work with a very low probability of the workload easing out. There is no promotion and no remuneration. Welcome to the world of underappreciated homemakers.

Many wives, mothers, sisters and mother figures across the world rarely get acknowledged for the effort they put in to make a house a home. 

They are up early in the morning, do all other daily chores like cooking, cleaning, doing the dishes, chasing toddlers and tending to elders. Apart from these, they take care of the laundry, drive the family around and deal with sundry issues. They shop for groceries, supplies and clothes, keep a track of expenses, take responsibility for the children’s grades, and a myriad of other chores that are just expected of a homemaker. Clean up, put the house in order before they go to bed. Wake up the next day, rinse and repeat.

According to a study conducted by The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the average Indian homemaker spends about approximately six hours each day doing work that constitutes economic activity and could very well be included in computing the National Income.

So what would be the economic value of all these services if they were to be outsourced to a professional? The Economic Times in 2017 made an estimation of the economic value of the services a homemaker offers and came up with an annual figure of Rs 5,40,000 for an urban average middle-class family in India.

Here is what the break-up looks like:

Task

Description

Value (monthly)

Cooking

For a family of 3 to 4 taking into account everyone’s preferences 

Rs 6,000

Day-care

For 2 children up to 12 hours a day 

Rs 12,000

Nursing

Tending to elder family members and sick kids

Rs 6,000

Housekeeping

Supervising house help for cleaning, laundering, etc.

Rs 3,000

Tutoring

On a daily basis for homework, exams and projects

Rs 6,000

Driving

The kids and family around town for sundry needs

Rs 8,000

Budgeting

Allocating funds for household expenses, book keeping and saving

Rs 4,000

Total

 

Rs 45,000


The assessment was carried out in late 2017. Since then, with the rising cost of services and inflation, the monthly figure can be well above Rs 50,000. Add other allowances and perquisites that employees receive in the corporate space and the figure swells further.

The idea behind the numbers is not to monetise the services of a homemaker, but to highlight the ‘value’ these superwomen add to the family.  

Our homemakers don’t do the work for monetary compensation, but the intrinsic value of love, contentment and the common good of the family. You cannot put a price on that!

Working women have it even tougher. After a laborious day at work, they have to roll up the sleeves to put in work for the second shift at home, leaving virtually no time for self. 

It is important for other family makers to be appreciative of the effort a homemaker puts in. A card and bouquet of flowers on Mother’s Day don’t cut it. You don’t have to be appreciative in words or gifts but through your actions. 

Become an active participant towards the need of the house. A household should allocate different responsibilities to different members of the family. Sound time management practice can ensure that one person in the house is not saddled with all the responsibilities. 

Once every week, allow the homemaker to put her feet up and enjoy the receiving end of the service. Encourage her to pursue a hobby or take time off doing something that she loves. Give her the opportunity to enjoy her own space and she will reciprocate with more love and care than you can imagine.

Show her how grateful you are for all that she does for you. After all, she is God’s most precious gift. Happy Mother’s Day!  Show your mother you care this Mother’s Day and invest in her future


 

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