Greeks Work Longest Hours in Europe



Factory staff in Japan. Japanese employees work below the OECD average (By Baistone (Own work) Wikimedia Commons).

 

 

Greeks work the longest hours in Europe, while Germans clock the least hours, new data by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reveal.

The OECD includes 35 developed countries and some developing nations. The data were presented during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Mexicans are shown to be the hardest workers in the world, as the average Mexican spends 2,255 hours working per year, the equivalent of around 43 hours per week.

In Europe, Greeks work the longest hours, averaging 2,035 hours per year. Germans, on the other hand, work the least in Europe and the world, averaging only 1,363 hours per year.

The differences between countries has to do with differences in work cultures, the OECD says. For instance, Mexicans work the most hours because they have a fear of unemployment, while lax labor rules allow employers to break a 48-hour-week law.

However, although South Koreans come third in hours worked per year, employees there aim to boost economic growth.

The Japanese, who are stereotyped as working very long hours, in fact put in only 1,713 hours per year, below the OECD average.

An important factor regarding hours of work is the level of productivity. According to the study, Germans work the least hours but manage to maintain high productivity levels. The average German worker is reported to be 27 percent more productive than their British counterparts who work 1,676 hours per year.

The Dutch, French and Danes also work fewer than 1,500 hours per year on average, while Americans average 1,783 work hours per year.