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Girls left out of pocket money while boys earn more for chores or where we go wrong today

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children1950Tuesday 06 August 2013
The pocket money savings website PktMny analysed more than 3,800 household chores and tasks from its system undertaken by boys and girls between the ages of eight and 18. It found that girls were paid an average of £1.25 per task, which included stacking the dishwasher, tending to pets and tidying their bedrooms. By contrast, boys typically received £1.45 for the same household chores.
Louise Hill, chief operating officer of PktMny, said: “The findings of our research into household chores reveal some significant divides based on gender, age and the nature of the task being undertaken by each child.”
The website found the most highly paid task for children to carry out is cooking, for which they are typically paid £2.01. Music practice was the least lucrative chore, with children receiving 74p on average.
Children are being typically paid £1.21 for tidying their bedroom, £1.24 for doing their homework, 78p for washing up – and £2 for “good behaviour”, according to the website.
Payment for household chores was found to peak at the age of 16, with £4.13 on average given per chore.
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I left school at 15 and worked I had to pay, ”my keep” out of the meager wage ,£1.7/6 to me a fortune. I did have pocket money whilst still at school but was expected to help and always keep my bedroom tidy; however what we did was for love of our parents not for financial gain and no price was put on any job. We learnt to respect, how to manage on very little, our basic needs were few and most of all we learnt to appreciate how hard our parents work to keep us with a roof over our heads. It is not the fault of today’s young people we were not aggressively marketed. Few people even had telephones in their homes shops were not stuff full of expensive clothes and food. Children were not given expensive hair does nor did young teenagers have visits to nails shops or beauticians. How lucky we were and how happy we were today is not progress it is a travesty of taking away childhood and youth and making a generation of people growing up to put a price on everything.

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