Different Working Hours Of Different Countries

Alveena Aziz


It’s a common observation, of this contemporary era, that work week timings and durations are entirely different around the globe. Many people believe that diversity of job hours are due to numerous reasons ranging from cultural and social values to the economic conditions of the several territories. Nevertheless, it’s a discussable topic that whether it is ethical to get paid higher for few working hours rather than to get a low salary in compensation of consuming your maximum time while fulfilling your job duty.

To begin with, we have to give a quick glance to workweek trends in various nations all over the world. Asia, the most populated continent, has certain countries which have surpassed others in working maximum hours a week. According to OECD, South Korea, India, Russia, and Japan are on the top of the countries’ list with longer working periods as compared to other Asians as well as most of the other states all over the sphere with mean yearly worked hours per worker came out to be 2070, 1974, 1974 and 1742 respectively. Higher In-service hours are also common among the employed citizens of the US and Canada. Statistics clearly confirmed of average 36.6 employed hours per week per wage earner in Canada. In addition to, US organizations aren’t lagging behind Canada in this race of “crazy” working hours while providing a choice of operating and working 24/7 to their personnel. Figures for mean annual occupied hours per worker for US & Canada are 1789 and 1703 correspondingly. Mexican working laws and durations has enabled it to be on the top of this tabulation by scoring 2250 average annual hours per jobbed person.

Furthermore, Australia is slightly beneath Asians and Americans inhabitants in the index of average twelve-monthly working hours provided by OECD (2016). Country’s standard employment rules have set a limit of 38 job hours a week which assist in maintaining work-life balance quite satisfactorily. Mean annual job hours per person came out to be 1669 which are somewhere in the middle of OECD’s list. Lastly, research endorsed that Europe has the least working hours with maximum livelihood benefits to its residents. Italy and UK have somewhat employed spell than rest of European countries with 1730 & 1676 average yearly occupational hours per employee while Germany is at the bottom of this index with the digits of 1288 hours. The German government has taken an initiative to deliver the rights to workers for a mere 28 hours for almost two years so they can lead a contented domestic life.

To sum up, every continent has its own set of rules and regulations regarding working hours subject to its financial and national circumstances. The trend is even eminent and different from city to city or sector to sector within a boundary of a state. Most recurrent reasons are different labor laws, altered productivity and changed numbers of skilled labors etc across nations. Shorter labor hours with maximum output and efficiency could lessen the burden on the shoulders of employed youth of any economy.

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