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Working hours


Working time is the period of time that a person spends at paid labor. Unpaid labor such as personal housework or caring for children or pets is not considered part of the working week.

Many countries regulate the work week by law, such as stipulating minimum daily rest periods, annual holidays, and a maximum number of working hours per week. Working time may vary from person to person, often depending on location, culture, lifestyle choice, and the profitability of the individual's livelihood. For example, someone who is supporting children and paying a large mortgage will need to work more hours to meet basic costs of living than someone of the same earning power without children. Because fewer people than ever are having children, choosing part time work is becoming more popular.

Standard working hours (or normal working hours) refers to the legislation to limit the working hours per day, per week, per month or per year. If an employee needs to work overtime, the employer will need to pay overtime payments to employees as required in the law. Generally speaking, standard working hours of countries worldwide are around 40 to 44 hours per week (but not everywhere: from 35 hours per week in France to up to 112 hours per week in North Korean labor camps ), and the additional overtime payments are around 25% to 50% above the normal hourly payments. Maximum working hours refers to the maximum working hours of an employee. The employee cannot work more than the level specified in the maximum working hours law.

Since the 1960s, the consensus among anthropologists, historians, and sociologists has been that early hunter-gatherer societies enjoyed more leisure time than is permitted by capitalist and agrarian societies; for instance, one camp of !Kung Bushmen was estimated to work two-and-a-half days per week, at around 6 hours a day. Aggregated comparisons show that on average the working day was less than five hours.


Rank Country Hours Remarks
1  India 2,365
2  Mexico 2,228
3  Costa Rica 2,216
4  South Korea 2,124
5  Greece 2,042
6  Chile 1,990
7  Russia 1,985
8  Latvia 1,938
9  Poland 1,923
10  Iceland 1,864
11  Estonia 1,859
12  Hungary 1,858
13  Portugal 1,857
14  Israel 1,853
15  Lithuania 1,834
16  Turkey 1,832 data in 2013
17  Ireland 1,821
18  United States 1,789
19  Czech Republic 1,776
OECD average 1,770
20  Slovak Republic 1,763
21  New Zealand 1,762
22  Italy 1,734
23  Japan 1,729
24  Canada 1,704
25  Spain 1,689
26  United Kingdom 1,677
27  Australia 1,664
28  Finland 1,645
29  Luxembourg 1,643
30  Austria 1,629
31  Sweden 1,609
32  Belgium 1,576 data in 2013
33   Switzerland 1,568
34  Slovenia 1,561
35  France 1,473
36  Denmark 1,436
37  Norway 1,427
38  Netherlands 1,425
39  Germany 1,371

  • Singapore 2,371 hours
  • Mexico 2,246 hours
  • Costa Rica 2,230 hours
  • South Korea 2,113 hours
  • Taiwan 2,104 hours
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