Women and men are now equal at work – at least in their dissatisfaction with it.

Work, Life and Workplace Flexibility: The Australian Work and Life Index 2009, finds women are much more likely than men to feel rushed and pressed for time, and these feelings of time pressure appear to be becoming more common.

While work hours dropped slightly in the past year because of the financial crisis, the pressure on women to juggle work with other responsibilities increased.

Two-thirds of full-time working women surveyed said they were rushed for time, compared with half of men.

The study surveyed 2,691 Australians, covering part-time and full-time workers and the self-employed.

The results ranked Australia ninth for work-life balance in a group of 32 European countries. This was below Germany and Britain but above France and Italy.

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