Average Work Hours Per Week For Every Country

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Measuring working hours is hard to do across a company, let alone all of the countries of the world. But the OECD collects the average annual hours worked for each country by taking the total number of hours actually worked per year divided by the average number of people in employment per year.

That is the best dataset available for working hours. To get to average working hours per week by country, I divided the annual hours by 52 weeks.

Here are a few notes to keep in mind

The average you see for each country includes hours for full-time, part-time, and self-employed people, so it should not be used as the average full-time work week. For example, if half the country worked 40 hours per week as full-time employees and half worked 20 as part-time employees, the weekly average would show 30 (even though the standard full-time work week is 40 for that country).

In addition, this data is “actual hours worked” so it does not account for time off (holidays, vacation days, leaves, etc.). For example, if someone worked 2,000 hours in a year, we would show the average week as 38.5 (2,000 divided by 52 weeks). If that person actually took four weeks of time off, their typical work week would actually be 41.7 (2,000 divided by 48 weeks) with four weeks off.

Therefore, the data should be used as a guide for working hours per week across the whole working population, not just the full-time workers. Use the links below to jump to a section that interests you the most:

Here are the average work hours per week for every country.

Average Hours Worked Per Week By Country

ISO

Country

2021 GDP (In Billions, $USD)

Annual Work Hours

Average Per Week

MHL

Marshall Islands

$0.2

2,124

40.8

KIR

Kiribati

$0.2

1,598

30.7

TUV

Tuvalu

$0.1

1,513

29.1

PLW

Palau

$0.2

1,369

26.3

NRU

Nauru

$0.1

1,399

26.9

FSM

Micronesia

$0.4

1,332

25.6

GRD

Grenada

$1

1,728

33.2

DMA

Dominica

$1

1,705

32.8

COM

Comoros

$1

1,644

31.6

KNA

St. Kitts and Nevis

$1

1,598

30.7

SYC

Seychelles

$1

1,513

29.1

VUT

Vanuatu

$1

1,513

29.1

VCT

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

$1

1,513

29.1

WSM

Samoa

$1

1,513

29.1

STP

São Tomé and Príncipe

$1

1,513

29.1

TON

Tonga

$1

1,513

29.1

ATG

Antigua and Barbuda

$1

-

-

NLD

Netherlands

$1,019

1,399

26.9

IDN

Indonesia

$1,186

1,660

31.9

MEX

Mexico

$1,295

2,124

40.8

IRN

Islamic Republic of Iran

$1,426

1,746

33.6

ESP

Spain

$1,426

1,346

25.9

BRA

Brazil

$1,608

1,481

28.5

AUS

Australia

$1,633

1,683

32.4

RUS

Russia

$1,776

1,513

29.1

KOR

Korea

$1,799

1,908

36.7

CAN

Canada

$1,991

1,644

31.6

ECU

Ecuador

$106

1,346

25.9

PRI

Puerto Rico

$107

1,783

34.3

MUS

Mauritius

$11

2,124

40.8

RWA

Rwanda

$11

1,513

29.1

BHS

The Bahamas

$11

1,481

28.5

KEN

Kenya

$110

1,598

30.7

SVK

Slovak Republic

$115

1,513

29.1

NAM

Namibia

$12

2,124

40.8

MWI

Malawi

$12

2,124

40.8

TCD

Chad

$12

1,513

29.1

COG

Republic of Congo

$13

1,644

31.6

GNQ

Equatorial Guinea

$13

1,332

25.6

MAR

Morocco

$131

1,427

27.4

KWT

Kuwait

$135

1,908

36.7

NIC

Nicaragua

$14

2,124

40.8

MKD

North Macedonia

$14

2,124

40.8

MDG

Madagascar

$14

1,427

27.4

MDA

Moldova

$14

1,427

27.4

ARM

Armenia

$14

-

-

MNG

Mongolia

$15

2,124

40.8

NER

Niger

$15

2,124

40.8

JAM

Jamaica

$15

1,559

30.0

MOZ

Mozambique

$16

2,124

40.8

DZA

Algeria

$165

1,346

25.9

MLT

Malta

$17

2,124

40.8

BEN

Benin

$17

1,481

28.5

CHN

China

$17,458

1,644

31.6

WBG

West Bank and Gaza

$18

1,513

29.1

BWA

Botswana

$18

1,481

28.5

GIN

Guinea

$18

1,332

25.6

ALB

Albania

$18

-

-

QAT

Qatar

$180

1,783

34.3

HUN

Hungary

$185

1,660

31.9

MLI

Mali

$19

2,124

40.8

LAO

Lao P.D.R.

$19

1,908

36.7

BFA

Burkina Faso

$19

1,481

28.5

GAB

Gabon

$19

1,332

25.6

GEO

Georgia

$19

1,332

25.6

KAZ

Kazakhstan

$191

1,598

30.7

UKR

Ukraine

$198

1,513

29.1

LSO

Lesotho

$2

1,908

36.7

LCA

St. Lucia

$2

1,908

36.7

CPV

Cabo Verde

$2

1,644

31.6

TLS

Timor-Leste

$2

1,513

29.1

SMR

San Marino

$2

1,513

29.1

SLB

Solomon Islands

$2

1,513

29.1

BTN

Bhutan

$2

1,481

28.5

BLZ

Belize

$2

1,481

28.5

ERI

Eritrea

$2

1,346

25.9

GMB

The Gambia

$2

1,332

25.6

GNB

Guinea-Bissau

$2

1,332

25.6

ITA

Italy

$2,101

1,559

30.0

FRA

France

$2,935

1,332

25.6

BRN

Brunei Darussalam

$20

1,481

28.5

HTI

Haiti

$21

1,728

33.2

TTO

Trinidad and Tobago

$21

1,513

29.1

ZMB

Zambia

$21

1,513

29.1

IRQ

Iraq

$210

1,746

33.6

GRC

Greece

$216

1,728

33.2

YEM

Yemen

$22

1,513

29.1

BIH

Bosnia and Herzegovina

$22

1,481

28.5

USA

United States

$22,998

1,513

29.1

PER

Peru

$225

1,369

26.3

NZL

New Zealand

$248

1,369

26.3

ISL

Iceland

$25

1,746

33.6

PRT

Portugal

$250

1,783

34.3

KHM

Cambodia

$26

1,598

30.7

PNG

Papua New Guinea

$27

1,369

26.3

HND

Honduras

$28

1,728

33.2

CYP

Cyprus

$28

1,644

31.6

SLV

El Salvador

$28

1,513

29.1

SEN

Senegal

$28

1,513

29.1

ROU

Romania

$283

1,783

34.3

CZE

Czech Republic

$283

1,705

32.8

FIN

Finland

$299

1,531

29.4

LBR

Liberia

$3

1,908

36.7

SUR

Suriname

$3

1,513

29.1

CAF

Central African Republic

$3

1,481

28.5

BDI

Burundi

$3

1,400

26.9

AND

Andorra

$3

-

-

ABW

Aruba

$3

-

-

IND

India

$3,178

1,660

31.9

GBR

United Kingdom

$3,188

1,332

25.6

MAC

Macao SAR

$30

1,427

27.4

COL

Colombia

$314

1,644

31.6

CHL

Chile

$317

1,644

31.6

LBY

Libya

$32

1,908

36.7

ZWE

Zimbabwe

$33

1,513

29.1

PAK

Pakistan

$348

1,369

26.3

SDN

Sudan

$35

1,513

29.1

NPL

Nepal

$35

1,399

26.9

BGD

Bangladesh

$357

1,481

28.5

EST

Estonia

$36

1,346

25.9

VNM

Vietnam

$366

1,513

29.1

HKG

Hong Kong SAR

$368

1,728

33.2

MYS

Malaysia

$373

2,124

40.8

PRY

Paraguay

$38

1,783

34.3

BHR

Bahrain

$39

1,481

28.5

LVA

Latvia

$39

1,427

27.4

PHL

Philippines

$394

1,369

26.3

DNK

Denmark

$396

1,346

25.9

SGP

Singapore

$397

1,513

29.1

DJI

Djibouti

$4

1,705

32.8

SLE

Sierra Leone

$4

1,513

29.1

DEU

Germany

$4,226

1,705

32.8

JPN

Japan

$4,937

1,598

30.7

BOL

Bolivia

$40

1,481

28.5

EGY

Egypt

$403

1,346

25.9

ARE

United Arab Emirates

$410

-

-

ZAF

South Africa

$418

1,513

29.1

UGA

Uganda

$42

1,513

29.1

NGA

Nigeria

$442

2,124

40.8

CMR

Cameroon

$45

1,644

31.6

JOR

Jordan

$45

1,559

30.0

TUN

Tunisia

$46

1,513

29.1

VEN

Venezuela

$47

1,513

29.1

AUT

Austria

$477

1,400

26.9

ISR

Israel

$482

1,746

33.6

NOR

Norway

$482

1,399

26.9

ARG

Argentina

$489

-

-

IRL

Ireland

$499

1,746

33.6

SSD

South Sudan

$5

1,513

29.1

SWZ

Eswatini

$5

1,513

29.1

FJI

Fiji

$5

1,531

29.4

BRB

Barbados

$5

1,481

28.5

MDV

Maldives

$5

1,427

27.4

THA

Thailand

$513

1,513

29.1

AZE

Azerbaijan

$55

1,400

26.9

COD

Democratic Republic of the Congo

$57

1,644

31.6

URY

Uruguay

$59

1,513

29.1

MNE

Montenegro

$6

2,124

40.8

BEL

Belgium

$600

1,481

28.5

SVN

Slovenia

$62

1,513

29.1

SWE

Sweden

$627

1,513

29.1

TKM

Turkmenistan

$63

1,513

29.1

SRB

Serbia

$63

1,513

29.1

CRI

Costa Rica

$64

1,644

31.6

PAN

Panama

$64

1,369

26.3

MMR

Myanmar

$65

2,124

40.8

LTU

Lithuania

$65

1,908

36.7

POL

Poland

$674

1,783

34.3

HRV

Croatia

$68

1,728

33.2

BLR

Belarus

$68

1,481

28.5

UZB

Uzbekistan

$69

1,513

29.1

SOM

Somalia

$7

1,513

29.1

CIV

Côte d'Ivoire

$70

1,644

31.6

TZA

Tanzania

$70

1,513

29.1

AGO

Angola

$74

-

-

GHA

Ghana

$76

1,332

25.6

TWN

Taiwan Province of China

$790

1,513

29.1

GUY

Guyana

$8

1,728

33.2

TJK

Tajikistan

$8

1,513

29.1

TGO

Togo

$8

1,513

29.1

BGR

Bulgaria

$80

1,481

28.5

TUR

Turkey

$807

1,513

29.1

CHE

Switzerland

$813

1,644

31.6

LKA

Sri Lanka

$82

1,908

36.7

SAU

Saudi Arabia

$834

1,513

29.1

OMN

Oman

$84

1,369

26.3

GTM

Guatemala

$86

1,728

33.2

LUX

Luxembourg

$87

1,427

27.4

MRT

Mauritania

$9

2,124

40.8

KGZ

Kyrgyz Republic

$9

1,598

30.7

UVK

Kosovo

$9

1,513

29.1

DOM

Dominican Republic

$95

1,346

25.9

ETH

Ethiopia

$99

1,346

25.9

LBN

Lebanon

-

1,908

36.7

SYR

Syria

-

1,513

29.1

AFG

Afghanistan

-

-

-

 

20 Biggest Economies

Country

2021 GDP (In Billions, $USD)

Annual Work Hours

Average Per Week

United States

$22,998

1,513

29.1

China

$17,458

1,644

31.6

Japan

$4,937

1,598

30.7

Germany

$4,226

1,705

32.8

United Kingdom

$3,188

1,332

25.6

India

$3,178

1,660

31.9

France

$2,935

1,332

25.6

Italy

$2,101

1,559

30

Canada

$1,991

1,644

31.6

Korea

$1,799

1,908

36.7

Russia

$1,776

1,513

29.1

Australia

$1,633

1,683

32.4

Brazil

$1,608

1,481

28.5

Islamic Republic of Iran

$1,426

1,746

33.6

Spain

$1,426

1,346

25.9

Mexico

$1,295

2,124

40.8

Indonesia

$1,186

1,660

31.9

Netherlands

$1,019

1,399

26.9

Saudi Arabia

$834

1,513

29.1

Switzerland

$813

1,644

31.6

 

20 Longest Average Work Weeks

Country

2021 GDP (In Billions, $USD)

Annual Work Hours

Average Per Week

Mexico

$1,295

2,124

40.8

Nigeria

$442

2,124

40.8

Malaysia

$373

2,124

40.8

Myanmar

$65

2,124

40.8

Mali

$19

2,124

40.8

Malta

$17

2,124

40.8

Mozambique

$16

2,124

40.8

Mongolia

$15

2,124

40.8

Niger

$15

2,124

40.8

Nicaragua

$14

2,124

40.8

North Macedonia

$14

2,124

40.8

Namibia

$12

2,124

40.8

Malawi

$12

2,124

40.8

Mauritius

$11

2,124

40.8

Mauritania

$9

2,124

40.8

Montenegro

$6

2,124

40.8

Marshall Islands

$0.20

2,124

40.8

Korea

$1,799

1,908

36.7

Kuwait

$135

1,908

36.7

Sri Lanka

$82

1,908

36.7

 

20 Shortest Average Work Weeks

Country

2021 GDP (In Billions, $USD)

Annual Work Hours

Average Per Week

United Kingdom

$3,188

1,332

25.6

France

$2,935

1,332

25.6

Ghana

$76

1,332

25.6

Gabon

$19

1,332

25.6

Georgia

$19

1,332

25.6

Guinea

$18

1,332

25.6

Equatorial Guinea

$13

1,332

25.6

The Gambia

$2

1,332

25.6

Guinea-Bissau

$2

1,332

25.6

Micronesia

$0

1,332

25.6

Spain

$1,426

1,346

25.9

Egypt

$403

1,346

25.9

Denmark

$396

1,346

25.9

Algeria

$165

1,346

25.9

Ecuador

$106

1,346

25.9

Ethiopia

$99

1,346

25.9

Dominican Republic

$95

1,346

25.9

Estonia

$36

1,346

25.9

Eritrea

$2

1,346

25.9

Philippines

$394

1,369

26.3

 

Data Sources & Description

2021 GDP

Values are based in billions and US Dollars. “Values are based upon GDP in national currency converted to U.S. dollars using market exchange rates (yearly average). Expenditure-based GDP is total final expenditures at purchasers’ prices (including the f.o.b. value of exports of goods and services), less the f.o.b. value of imports of goods and services.” (Source: IMF)

Annual Work Hours

This indicator is measured in terms of hours per worker per year and is from 2020 (or the latest year on record for the country). “Average annual hours worked is defined as the total number of hours actually worked per year divided by the average number of people in employment per year. Actual hours worked include regular work hours of full-time, part-time and part-year workers, paid and unpaid overtime, hours worked in additional jobs, and exclude time not worked because of public holidays, annual paid leave, own illness, injury and temporary disability, maternity leave, parental leave, schooling or training, slack work for technical or economic reasons, strike or labour dispute, bad weather, compensation leave and other reasons.” (Source: OECD (2022), Hours worked (indicator). doi: 10.1787/47be1c78-en (Accessed on 19 May 2022))

Average Per Week

This is the annual work hours (provided by OECD data) divided by 52. Keep in mind: this figure includes all types of workers and work, so it is not the average full-time work week for that country.

 

Unique Work Week Templates

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