Where Are People Working The Longest Hours?
August 5, 2015 | Business and Careers
Compared to its economic peers, the U.S. is all work and no play.
Analyzing employment habits in the world’s 10 largest economies per capita, CNN Money found that Americans clocked the most time on the job.
Based on the average number of the hours worked per week, the U.S. topped the chart at 34.4 hours. Australia came in second at 32.4 hours per week, followed by Sweden at 31.2 and Switzerland at 31.1.
Of the 10 countries surveyed, the Netherlands had the shortest workweek, with the Dutch putting in 26.6 hours weekly (approximately three-fourths the American average).
Additionally, Americans received comparatively fewer vacation days, and took even less. In the past year, U.S. workers have received 15 days off—about half of the 28 days offered to European workers.
And here’s the kicker: Although Americans put in the most time at the office, many workers want more hours than they are getting.
According to a 2014 Gallup poll, full-time employees in the U.S. work significantly more than the 34.4 benchmark, averaging 47 hours a week. And that number looks pretty good to the underemployed.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of part-time employees who want more hours is at a historic high: As of June 2015, 6.5 million Americans are employed part-time for economic reasons, an uptick of 2.1 million compared to 10 years ago.
Sometimes referred to as “involuntary part-time workers,” these are the workers who want full-time employment but are working part-time because their hours were cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.
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