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Countries Around the World Ranked by Average Hours Worked in a Week and Their Compensation

Published on Thursday, June 18, 2020

Countries Around the World Ranked by Average Hours Worked in a Week and Their Compensation

How many hours do you work each week on average? This infographic ranks countries from around the world based on the comparison between their average number of hours worked each week per individual and the average annual compensation. The rankings and statistics are also based on the 37 most affluent countries from around the world.

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The importance of a healthy work-life balance

Our work plays a big role in all of our lives, and it can become overwhelming at times. It can often be difficult to separate your work life from your personal life too, as we’ve become so connected with technology in today’s digital age. However, it’s important to always put the work in to maintain a healthy work-life balance, because if you don’t, it can have negative effects on you both physically and mentally.

When we work too much, we not only risk hurting our social lifes, but our health as well. Here are some ways to implement a better work-life balance into your life:

  • Just accept that there is no perfect work-life balance. Do what works best for you!
  • Make your health a top priority.
  • Don’t be afraid to pull back a bit when you’re overworked. It’s okay to take breaks!

If you live in Colombia, there’s a good chance that you have a busy work schedule. Here’s a look at highest average amount of hours worked by week (by country):

  1. Colombia: 49.8 hours
  2. Costa Rica: 48.6 hours
  3. Mexico: 48.5 hours
  4. Turkey: 48.4 hours
  5. Chile: 45.7 hours
  6. South Africa: 45 hours
  7. Israel: 44.4 hours
  8. Iceland: 43.4 hours
  9. New Zealand: 42.7 hours
  10. Brazil: 42.5 hours

And if you live in Denmark, then there’s a great chance that you have a nice work-life balance. Here are the top 10 countries with the lowest average hours in a single work week:

  1. Denmark: 37.2 hours
  2. Netherlands: 37.3 hours
  3. Norway: 38 hours
  4. Belgium: 38.8 hours
  5. France: 38.9 hours
  6. Sweden: 39.0 hours
  7. Finland: 39.3 hours
  8. Germany: 39.5 hours
  9. Italy: 39.5 hours
  10. Spain: 39.6 hours

Which countries have the best hours-to-salary ratios?

Denmark has the best hours-to-salary ratio in the world, with the average salary being $55,253 and the average work week clocking in at 37.2 hours. Here are the top six best ratios (average salaries and average hours worked each week) from around the globe:

  1. Denmark: $55,253 at 37.2 hours
  2. Netherlands: $54,262 at 37.3 hours
  3. Norway: $50,956 at 38 hours
  4. Belgium: $52,080 at 38.8 hours
  5. France: $44,510 at 38.9 hours
  6. Sweden: $44,196 at 39 hours

Which countries have the most employees working 50 or more hours a week?

Here are the countries with the highest percentages of employees who work more than 50 hours each week:

  1. Turkey: 32.60%
  2. Mexico: 28.70%
  3. Colombia: 26.60%
  4. South Africa: 18.10%
  5. Israel: 15.50%
  6. Iceland: 15.10%
  7. New Zealand: 15.10%
  8. Australia: 13.00%
  9. United Kingdom: 12.20%
  10. United States: 11.10%

Which countries have the least amount of people working 50+ hours a week?

On the other hand, these are the countries that have the lowest percentages of employees who work 50 hours or more on a weekly basis:

  1. Switzerland: 0.40%
  2. Netherlands: 0.40%
  3. Lithuania: 0.50%
  4. Sweden: 1.10%
  5. Latvia: 1.30%
  6. Denmark: 2.30%
  7. Estonia: 2.40%
  8. Norway: 2.90%
  9. Hungary: 3.00%
  10. Luxembourg: 3.80%
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Author: Allison Rampolla

Categories: General

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