Serbian worker works 6 hours longer on average than the European one

Workers in Serbia worked an average of 43.3 hours a week last year, which is almost six hours more than the average in the European Union, the European statistics service Eurostat said on September 20.

The typical working week for Europeans aged 20 to 64 in 2022 was 37.5 hours on average, with considerable differences between Member States.

Greeks had the longest working week (41 hours), followed by Poles (40.4), Romanians and Bulgarians (40.2), and while the workers in the Netherlands (33.2), Germany (35.3) and Denmark (35. 4) worked the shortest hours.

The analysis calculated the usual hours a person works at the main job, including overtime, paid or unpaid, but excluding travel time between home and workplace and meal breaks. These data refer to full-time and part-time workers.

The results for 2022 were presented for EU members and three EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) and Serbia as a candidate country for membership, reports Beta.

In the EU, 46.8 percent of employees worked between 40 and 44 hours a week, 5.4 percent worked on average less than 20 hours, and 7.6 percent more than 50 hours.

In most EU countries, the highest percentage of people worked from 40 to 44 hours, while in Denmark, France, Finland, Belgium and Ireland, the highest percentage had a working week of 35 to 39 hours.

Greece had the highest percentage of people working more than 50 hours (13.2 percent), while in the Netherlands almost a quarter of workers worked less than 25 hours a week.

In Serbia, more than 10 percent of workers had a working week longer than 50 hours and only about five percent had a working week shorter than 40 hours.

When it comes to the average working week for full-time workers, Serbia is in first place, with 44 hours.

It is followed by Switzerland (43.4) and Iceland (42.8), and of the EU countries, the Greeks worked the most (42.7), and the Finns the least (38.8).

Part-time workers had the longest working week in Sweden (26.4) and Romania (26.2), and the shortest in Portugal (18.6).

The Eurostat report also states that men, employed full-time, on average worked more hours per week than women in all EU member states, and the biggest difference was recorded in Ireland and the Netherlands, of 4 and 3.7 hours, respectively.

However, when it comes to part-time workers, women had a longer working week in most countries.

The most hours at work were spent by workers in agriculture, forestry and fishing (on average 43.9 hours per week).

(Biznis i Finansije, 31.09.2023)

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