List of countries by average annual labor hours

The average length of working time in different countries depends on a number of economic, social and societal factors. Another important factor is the extent to which part-time work is widespread, which is less common in developing countries. In 2017, the Southeast Asian state of Cambodia had the longest average working hours worldwide among 66 countries studied. Here, the working time per worker was around 2,456 hours per year, which is just under 47 hours per week. In Germany, on the other hand, it was just under 1,354 hours per year (26 per week and 3.7 per anniversary), which was the lowest of all the countries studied.[1]

In most countries, the weekly working hours are decreasing with increasing prosperity and higher productivity. In Germany, for example, the average weekly working time of a person not employed in agriculture and working full-time fell by almost 40 percent between 1870 and 2010. In developed countries, the average working time is therefore usually significantly shorter than in developing countries. However, there are exceptions. These include countries such as South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan which still have comparable long working hours despite high incomes.[1]

Our World in Data listEdit

The following list is the average annual working time per employed person (men and women) in hours in 2017. Data is not available for all countries of the world.[1]

Average annual labor hours per worker in 2017
Rank Country Working hours
1   Cambodia 2,455.55
2   Myanmar 2,437.86
3   Mexico 2,255.00
4   Malaysia 2,238.27
5   Singapore 2,237.73
6   Bangladesh 2,232.35
7   Costa Rica 2,212.38
8   South Africa 2,209.09
9   Hong Kong 2,185.58
10   Thailand 2,185.45
11   China 2,174.35
12   Vietnam 2,169.59
13   Philippines 2,148.56
14   India 2,117.01
15   Pakistan 2,096.14
16   South Korea 2,063.33
17   Malta 2,040.03
18   Poland 2,028.50
19   Indonesia 2,024.29
20   Greece 2,016.90
21   Colombia 1,997.75
22   Taiwan 1,990.32
23   Chile 1,974.00
24   Russia 1,974.00
25   Hungary 1,937.33
26   Peru 1,932.46
27   Sri Lanka 1,923.94
28   Israel 1,920.61
29   Latvia 1,874.60
30   Portugal 1,863.17
31   Estonia 1,856.68
32   Lithuania 1,844.02
33   Croatia 1,834.93
34   Turkey 1,832.00
35   Nigeria 1,827.24
36   Romania 1,806.00
37   Cyprus 1,783.52
38   Czech Republic 1,776.16
39   United States 1,765.00
40   New Zealand 1,752.00
41   Ireland 1,745.68
42   Slovakia 1,745.23
43   Japan 1,738.36
44   Austria 1,731.49
45   Italy 1,722.61
46   Brazil 1,709.49
47   Ecuador 1,701.36
48   Canada 1,696.46
49   Argentina 1,691.54
50   Spain 1,686.50
51   United Kingdom 1,670.27
52   Finland 1,659.28
53   Slovenia 1,655.09
54   Bulgaria 1,643.55
55   Australia 1,613.05
56   Sweden 1,609.29
57   Switzerland 1,589.68
58   Uruguay 1,552.35
59   Belgium 1,544.27
60   Luxembourg 1,518.86
61   France 1,514.14
62   Iceland 1,493.37
63   Netherlands 1,430.02
64   Norway 1,417.47
65   Denmark 1,400.38
66   Germany 1,353.89

OECD listEdit

The following list is the average annual hours worked by participants in the labor force of the OECD member states.[2] As of 2014, Mexico, Costa Rica and South Korea ranked first with the highest number of hours worked per year. As of 2014 Greece ranked the highest In EU with 2042 average hours per year, while Germany ranked the lowest with 1371 average hours worked respectively. [3][4] Similarly, Netherlands has one of the lowest hours worked per labor participant. [5]

Average labor hours per worker in OECD countries
Code Country 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2005 2010 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
AUS Australia ... ... ... ... 1853 1852 1808 1778 1751 1739 1738 1733 1722 1683
AUT Austria ... ... ... ... ... 1675 1632 1552 1495 1507 1498 1502 1509 1400
BEL Belgium ... ... 1883 1707 1663 1589 1578 1574 1575 1574 1578 1580 1576 1481
BGR Bulgaria ... ... ... ... ... 1640 1659 1645 1644 1644 1643 1645 1645 1605
CAN Canada ... ... 1925 1827 1797 1787 1745 1715 1712 1706 1695 1708 1690 1644
CHL Chile ... ... ... ... 2422 2263 2157 2070 1994 1978 1963 1956 1930 1825
COL Colombia ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2194 2191 2170 2181 2172 ...
CRI Costa Rica ... ... ... ... 2358 2362 2352 2243 2148 2205 2179 2121 2060 1913
HRV Croatia ... ... ... ... ... 1922 1926 1942 1827 1834 1824 1811 1838 1834
CYP Cyprus ... ... ... ... ... 1926 1847 1845 1824 1840 1821 1809 1805 1698
CZE Czechia ... ... ... ... ... 1900 1803 1799 1751 1774 1776 1785 1784 1705
DNK Denmark ... ... 1845 1577 1441 1466 1451 1422 1407 1412 1404 1381 1381 1346
EST Estonia ... ... ... ... ... 1884 1913 1785 1763 1767 1768 1724 1711 1654
EU27 EU27 ... ... ... ... ... 1678 1652 1632 1607 1608 1599 1598 1593 1513
FIN Finland ... 1967 1918 1732 1671 1650 1613 1585 1555 1555 1549 1546 1539 1531
FRA France 2351 2188 1993 1806 1645 1558 1532 1540 1519 1522 1508 1514 1511 1402
DEU Germany ... ... ... ... ... 1466 1432 1426 1401 1396 1389 1387 1383 1332
GRC Greece ... ... ... ... 1976 1998 2025 1931 1935 1943 1947 1965 1920 1728
HUN Hungary ... ... ... 2348 2082 1932 1834 1766 1746 1760 1747 1730 1722 1660
ISL Iceland ... ... 1954 1688 1665 1696 1637 1528 1511 1520 1507 1496 1480 1435
IRL Ireland ... ... 2335 2123 2081 1933 1883 1721 1771 1763 1775 1782 1771 1746
ISR Israel ... ... ... ... 1904 2033 1966 1957 1895 1922 1918 1910 1898 1783
ITA Italy ... ... ... ... ... 1850 1811 1777 1718 1722 1719 1719 1715 1559
JPN Japan ... ... 2243 2121 2031 1821 1775 1733 1719 1714 1709 1680 1644 1598
KOR Korea, Republic of ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2163 2083 2068 2018 1993 1967 1908
LVA Latvia ... ... ... ... ... 1728 1666 1692 1663 1664 1650 1661 1631 1577
LTU Lithuania ... ... ... ... ... 1630 1659 1697 1673 1694 1657 1664 1665 1595
LUX Luxembourg ... ... ... ... ... 1602 1550 1517 1514 1512 1506 1506 1506 1427
MLT Malta ... ... ... ... ... 2246 2167 2136 1955 2038 1955 1981 2023 1827
MEX Mexico ... ... ... ... ... 2174 2105 2150 2140 2146 2149 2149 2139 2124
NLD Netherlands ... ... 1809 1556 1454 1464 1434 1420 1426 1437 1437 1436 1440 1399
NZL New Zealand ... ... ... ... 1809 1836 1815 1755 1753 1754 1756 1759 1783 1739
NOR Norway ... ... 1835 1580 1503 1457 1406 1395 1392 1395 1380 1379 1381 1369
OECD OECD ... ... 1966 1893 1860 1825 1793 1772 1764 1763 1756 1753 1743 1687
POL Poland ... ... ... ... ... 1869 1855 1831 1862 1831 1808 1785 1781 1766
PRT Portugal ... ... 1963 1849 1806 1770 1750 1746 1732 1737 1727 1738 1745 1613
ROU Romania ... ... ... ... ... 1853 1877 1841 1786 1809 1786 1787 1791 1795
RUS Russian Federation ... ... ... ... ... 1982 1989 1976 1978 1974 1979 1970 1965 1874
SVK Slovakia ... ... ... ... ... 1816 1769 1805 1754 1740 1714 1704 1692 1572
SVN Slovenia ... ... ... ... ... 1710 1697 1680 1687 1652 1622 1599 1601 1515
ESP Spain ... ... ... 1936 1763 1753 1724 1706 1694 1702 1692 1699 1688 1577
SWE Sweden 1824 1718 1565 1382 1423 1486 1453 1484 1466 1478 1466 1466 1452 1424
CHE Switzerland ... ... ... ... ... 1713 1690 1611 1577 1577 1559 1551 1549 1495
TUR Turkey ... ... 2086 1957 1866 1937 1936 1877 1811 1789 1775 1745 1732 ...
GBR United Kingdom ... ... 1775 1619 1618 1558 1544 1507 1525 1541 1536 1536 1537 1367
USA United States 1968 1952 1907 1816 1833 1832 1794 1772 1783 1778 1778 1782 1777 1767

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Roser, Max (2013-03-04). "Working Hours". Our World in Data.
  2. ^ OECD. "Average annual hours actually worked per worker". stats.oecd.org. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  3. ^ "Who works the longest hours? - BBC News". Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  4. ^ Stewart, Heather. "Who works the longest hours in Europe?". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  5. ^ Kurtz, Annalyn. "World's shortest work weeks". Retrieved 2015-07-17.