Here are the countries where people work hardest in the world

Narjas Zatat@Narjas_Zatat
Monday 21 May 2018 09:45
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People in Turkey are among the hardest workers in the world.

Data by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that on average, Turkish employees worked an average of 47.9 hours a week in 2016.

Next up was Colombia, and Mexico followed on swift wings with employees averaging 45.2 hours a week and Costa Rica 44.9 hours.

Conversely, of the countries sampled, the Netherlands and Danes work the least, clocking in just 29.1 and 32.1 hours per week respectively. Here are the top 15, based on average hours works a week on the main job:

1. Turkey, 47.9 hours a week

2. Colombia, 47.9

3. Mexico, 45.2

4. Costa Rica, 44.9

5. Chile, 43.4

6. South Africa, 43.1

7. Israel, 40.6

8. Poland, 39.9

9. Hungary, 39.6

10. Portugal, 39.4

11. Czech Republic, 39.4

12. Slovak Republic, 39.2

13. Slovenia, 39.2

14. Greece, 39.0

15. Latvia, 38.9

The data also found that some employees can work more than 60 hours. Over 20 per cent of employees in Turkey work more than 60 hour weeks, and nearly 12 per cent of South Africans do the same – despite the fact that the country’s labour law prohibits more than 45 hours per week.

With that in mind, here are the top 15 countries where the share of employed people worked more than 60 hours per week:

1. Turkey (20.9 per cent of the workforce)

2. Colombia (17.2 per cent)

3. Costa Rica (16.7 per cent)

4. Mexico (14.7 per cent)

5. Indonesia (14.3 per cent)

6. India 13.6 per cent)

7. South Korea (12.8 per cent)

8. South Africa (11.8 per cent)

9. Greece (11.7 per cent)

10. Japan (8.2 per cent)

11. Argentina (8.1 per cent)

12. Chile (8.1 per cent)

13. Iceland (7 per cent)

14. New Zealand (6.7 per cent)

15. Australia (6.1 per cent)

H/T QZ

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