Housework is essential, but not everyone can afford it

Domestic work in the balance between the needs of families and economic sustainability: 79.5% of the employer families associated with Assindatcolf use a home help, 20.4% a caregiver and 7.1% use baby girls sitter. With monthly costs ranging between 650 and 1,200 euros. An essential expense, but not everyone can afford it. This is what emerges from the second report of the “Family welfare and social value of domestic work in Italy” program created by Censis for Assindatcolf. The survey concerned a sample of families associated with Assindatcolf, mainly couples with children (47.5% of the total), 50% aged over 60 and 70% female.

In detail, 79.5% of the families associated with Assindatcolf employ a domestic worker. The home helps are mainly of foreign origin (in 83.1% of cases) and hired by the hour (89.9%). They involve an average monthly expenditure of around 650 euros per family. The use of domestic help is motivated above all (for 43.3%) by the impossibility of taking care of the house directly. The percentage rises to 57.3% of households in which there are non self-sufficient people and to 67.0% among the over 75 years old. Domestic help favors the reconciliation of professional commitments and those outside the home: it is valid for 21.4% (and the figure rises to 38.9% among the under 50s). But one in five families (20.8%) find it difficult to pay for domestic workers.

“The results of the survey offer us important food for thought, especially in relation to the sustainability aspect of spending for home helps, carers and babysitters”, said Andrea Zini, president of Assindatcolf. “When it is the family that modulates the request for assistance according to their own economic capacity, the cost is mostly sustainable. less the possibility of organizing the service on the basis of financial resources, as the demand for assistance becomes directly proportional to the needs.

It is at this point that families get into economic trouble and the cost becomes unsustainable. Considering that domestic work has in effect become a real pillar of the welfare of this country, we believe that an intervention by the state is necessary and urgent to provide for facilitations to regular hiring that allow families to save on costs. At the same time it is important that the needs for domestic assistance enter fully into the evaluations for the formulation of integrated individual assistance projects (Pai) “, concluded Zini.

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