# Unpaid domestic work: how much it really costs to “just sit at home”

Jul4,2024

Unpaid domestic work/work.ua

I wonder what economic contribution one family member makes in Ukraine, if he performs all the household duties himself. In this article, we will tell you how much it really costs to provide for all household needs of a family.

Work.ua calculated what economic contribution one family member makes if he performs all household duties himself. ties to ensure a comfortable family life.

The main housework is usually performed by three separate specialists – a housekeeper, a nanny and a cook. Let's calculate how much the monthly hiring of these specialists will cost. But we note that the price may vary depending on the number of hours of work, the region of residence, the square footage of the apartment/house and other factors.

#### Domestic worker

If you wash the dishes, make the bed, clean and clean the kitchen surfaces on your own every day, you will need help 1-2 times a week. Additional weekly work is: washing and ironing clothes, cleaning the bathroom, changing bed linen and towels, cleaning the floor, dust, dirt on the cooking surface and optional tasks (washing the microwave, oven and other appliances).

В on average, a domestic worker earns UAH 19,000 per month. But we don't need help every day. So, we divide the average salary of UAH 19,000 by the number of working days in a month (in May, for example, 23 working days): 19,000:23 = UAH 826 – this is the average amount that a domestic worker receives per day. We need help 2 times a week, which is 8 times a month: 8 days x 826 UAH = 6,608 UAH.

#### Nanny

A babysitter will be needed on working days, for example, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (work starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.: 00 + 2 hours for the road in the morning and in the evening). It comes out 11 hours a day.

We looked at the vacancies on the Work.ua website and deduced the approximate payment for an hour of a specialist's services – this is UAH 100 (depending on knowledge and skills, the amount increases). If the nanny takes care of the child 5 times a week for 11 hours, we calculate: 11 hours x 100 = 1100 UAH, 1100 UAH x 23 working days (in May) = 25 300 UAH.

< p>Also, some families take the child to kindergarten in the morning, and already at lunch the babysitter takes the child and takes care of it until the evening, when the parents return from work. Let's calculate how much a nanny who works from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. earns, that is, 6 hours a day, 5 times a week. 6 hours x 100 = 600 UAH, 600 UAH x 23 working days (in May) = 13,800 UAH.

#### Cook

The average monthly salary of a cook is UAH 15,500. We divide this amount by 23 working days, it comes out to 674 UAH per day. Let's take this amount as the average cost of a cook's services per day, since the cost varies from 500 to 3,000 hryvnias on domestic staff search services (the higher the specialist's qualification, the higher the payment). Let's imagine that the family prefers homemade Ukrainian cuisine and needs the services of a specialist 3 times a week to prepare meals for several days. product purchases. If we also add such an option, we add another 100 UAH to 674 UAH, it turns out 774 UAH * 12 days = 9,228 UAH per month.

If the family is used to tasting every day fresh meals three times a day, calculated as follows: 31 days per month * 774 UAH per day = 23,994 UAH per month.

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#### By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116