Care Workers and Work—Life Balance: The Example of Domiciliary Careworkers

  • Clare Ungerson
  • Sue Yeandle
Part of the The Future of Work Series book series (TFW)


In much of the literature, and in most popular discussion, the term ‘work-life balance’ is used to imply the need for individuals, employers and policy-makers to act to achieve an optimum state, in which each person can achieve a state of equilibrium between two time-consuming and competitive activities: on the one hand, paid work and, on the other, a ‘life’ that contains a wide variety of activities, but, by definition, is not paid work. Although this equilibrium can involve different allocations of time and effort to ‘work’ and ‘life’ by different people, and indeed by the same people at different life stages, the concept implies a dichotomy between ‘work’ for wages or for financial gain, and ‘life’ in which the rewards of activities, effort and commitments are non-monetary.


Labour Market Care User Unpaid Work Care Time Care Relationship 
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  • Sue Yeandle

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