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3.4 Feeling rushed

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Feeling rushed or pressed for time

Current position

In 2011, around two-thirds (67 percent) of women with dependent children who worked full-time felt rushed or pressed for time ‘almost always’ or ‘often’.

By comparison, just under half (48 percent) of men in the same situation reported feeling rushed or pressed for time so frequently.

Gender gap

  • There was a gender gap of 19 percentage points in feeling rushed or pressed for time ‘almost always’ or ‘often’.
The direction of
change over time

Although the figure for women is high, it represents a slight decrease since 2010. There has been a downward trend in women reporting feelings of being rushed and pressed for time over the decade since 2002.

The figure for men has remained relatively constant since 2002.


The pressure on women to both earn and take responsibility for the majority of the household work and care for family is reflected in the considerably higher incidence of women who report being time-pressured than men.

One reason for the downward trend in this indicator may relate to the greater emphasis women are now placing on care of children, over other household tasks. It may be that feelings of not having enough time are most acutely felt in this area.

Indicator 3.4 is the frequency with which people feel ‘rushed or pressed for time’. As in Indicator 3.1, the population is full-time workers aged 15 to 64 years with dependants aged 0 to 14 years, for whom the issue of work-life balance is typically most acute.

Year collected: 2011 and previous years.
Data source: HILDA survey, Waves 2 and 11. More information is available at

Figure 4.7 Who’s in a hurry?

Fig 4.7

Source: HILDA survey, 2011.