Which country's employees work the most hours?

Monday 1 July, 2013
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Korea '“ 44 hours

Mexico '“ 43 hours

Slovak Republic '“ 40 hours

Canada '“ 38 hours

Spain '“ 38 hours

France '“ 38 hours

NZ '“ 37 hours

Italy '“ 37 hours

Australia '“ 36 hours

UK '“ 36 hours

Sweden '“ 36 hours

Germany '“ 35 hours

Ireland '“ 34 hours

Norway '“ 33 hours

Netherlands '“ 30 hours

Whilst it's difficult to determine exactly why these large variations are occurring, the Co-Director for the OECD Dean Baker believes that unemployment could be wiped out overnight if we embraced the hours worked by Germans. Why? Mr Baker explains why countries would be better 'sharing' the work using the United States and Germany as an example:

 

'Germany's growth has been no better than growth in the United States since the start of the downturn, yet its unemployment rate has fallen by 2.0 percentage points '“ while unemployment in the United States has risen by almost 4.0 percentage points. The difference is that Germany encourages firms to reduce work hours rather than lay off workers. Since workers in the United States put in the most hours, the US has the greatest potential gains from shortening work years. But all countries could try to go this path. In the short term, this route keeps people employed and allows them more time to enjoy with their family and friends. Ideally, most of the lost wages will be made up by subsidies from the government. (Remember, the problem is too little demand, not too much. We can afford this.)'?
A perfect example of why more Australian businesses should adopt the more flexible working structure which OneShift offers. 
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