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Boys paid 20p more for home chores

Boys are paid around 20 pence more than girls for carrying out the same household chores, according to research suggesting that the gender pay gap starts at home.

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 received £1.45 typically for carrying out 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 that the most highly paid task for children to carry out is cooking, for which they are paid £2.01 typically. Music practice was the least lucrative of the chores analysed, 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, contrasting with 87p handed out to nine-year-olds.

PktMny is a fee-charging website which allows parents to deposit money into accounts for their children. The accounts aim to teach children money management skills and young people can use a pre-paid card which has limits on it set by their parents and is linked to the account to withdraw money. The card does not allow users to go overdrawn or into debt.

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