Monday September 01, 2014

The State of the 40-Hour Workweek

who-works-for-how-longIn the United States, the 40-hour workweek has been a standard for many years while the workweek in many European countries is even shorter, like Frances’ 35 hours this workweek has provided a basis and a gauge to measure how much work an employee is doing, and whether or not they are working full-time.

However, the promise of has been that people will work fewer hours and become more productive. However, this is not the case. Here is a look at how many people in each country are still working 40 hours per week or more, according to a United Nations study.

The Working Week Around the Globe

Northern neighbors Canada show a 68.8 percent of males and 36.3 percent of females working more than 40 hours per week. Yet Canadians, on average, work 30.4 hours per week. In the U.S., 85.8 percent of males and 66.5 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week, and despite the perception that 40 hours makes a workweek, the average Americans work an 33.6 hours per week. To the south in Mexico, 70 percent of males and 53 percent of females work over 40 hours, averaging 43.5 hours per week. In Argentina, 69.6 percent of males and 42.3 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week. Argentinians work an average of 41.5 hours per week.

In Chile, 84.6 percent of males and 83.5 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week and together average 40.6 hours per week. Great Britain the rest of the United Kingdom average 39.6 hours per week, although 65 percent of males and 27.3 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week. Neighboring France, and the average French employee, works 37.55 hours with only  42.3 percent of males and 21.6 percent of females working more than 40 hours per week. Further to the south in Spain, 83.3 percent of males and 53.7 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week while the average employee works 34.7 hours.

To the north in Norway, 22.8 percent of males and 7.7 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week and workers average 34.4 hours per week. However, to the east, Turkey has 91.6 percent of males and 72.8 percent of females working more than 40 hours per week. In fact, the average Turkish employee spends 49.7 hours per week at his or her job Italians average 34.6 hours per week, although 76.7 percent of males and 42.2 percent of females work more than 40 hours. The Japanese, with their internationally known work ethic, average 40.7 hours per week. Yet in Japan, 82.2 percent of males and 49.8 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week. Australians are more laid-back, with the average employees spending 34.5 hours at work. Still, 61.5 percent of males and 31.6 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week.

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