Average Working Hours & Where

average working hours

Did you know that we work an average of 90,000 hours in our lifetime?

However, for most of us, working the average 40 hours a week (8 hours per day) in our workplace can easily make us feel drained out, especially when we also consider traveling to and from work, our responsibilities at home and our social life which all plays an important part in our life.

Even though most of us work an average of 40 hours a week, this figure can change depending on which country you are working in.

For example, workers in the Netherlands spend on average 32 hour a week which is around 6.5 hours a day.

Therefore suggestes that Dutch companies value more the quality over the quantity. They believe that productivity and efficiency do not come with working long hours a day.

Below you can see the differences in hours we work depending on which nation we work in.

Source: https://bit.ly/34qfQtJ



Countries with the least working hours

As we mentioned before. The Netherlands work the least amount compared to any other nation but following shortly after them are Australia, New Zealand and Rwanda, working an average of 33 hours a week which is a small 1,584 hours per year.

The Uk comes in at joint 5th when it comes to working the fewest hours, with an average working week of 36 hours, along with many other European countries.


Countries with the most working hours

Qatar takes the top place where employees are expected to work an average of 49 hours a week, that is 17 hours more than the Netherlands. More specifically, that is 3.4 hours more everyday! Compared to the UK, Qatar works 13 more hours, Which is actually over the legal amount of hours you should work unless it has been officially stated and agreed upon with both the employer and employee.


Overall, while many of us struggle to leave our working-role in the workplace, with 43% of office workers admitting to checking work emails at home and almost half staying at the office doing overtime. You most probably have a better work life than workers in most other countries!

Check out more statistics here:

International Labour Organisation


Further Readings:


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Giampiero Di Tizio

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