Study: Hongkongers work longest2016.05.31
Hong Kong has the longest working hours in the world. A global study reveals Hongkongers spend an average of 50.11 hours at their workplace each week. This is 38 percent longer than the global average. They also have fewer holidays – 17.2 days. The global average is 23 days.
The survey by Swiss financial services company UBS compared the working hours of 71 cities, using a basket of 15 different professions.
The study shows the French enjoy the shortest working week, with Parisians clocking in for just 30 hours and 50 minutes on average.
While Shanghai has the least paid leave – seven days a year – no mainland cities are in the top 10 cities for longest working hours.
Under the mainland’s labour laws, all employees should work no more than eight hours a day and no more than 44 hours a week on average.
Labour Party lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan (李卓仁) said long working hours are turning Hongkongers into ‘work slaves’ and also discourage talent from coming to the SAR.
The UBS findings about Hongkongers’ working hours came amid growing demand for standard working hours in the city.
Chau Siu-chung, a unionist and employee representative on the Standard Working Hours Committee, described the study as yet another way to pressure the government into implementing standard working hours.
A three-month public consultation on standard working hours began last month.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 1 June 2016)
Standard Working Hours Committee