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The International Labor Organization (ILO) has released a report on the average working hours per week. According to the report, working hours are highest in South and East Asia. While North America, Europe and Central Asia have the shortest working hours.
According to the report titled ‘Working time and work life’, people in developed countries India, China and Brazil had to work longer hours. Whereas, in the 1970s, a trend of declining working hours began in Brazil.
The report said that wholesale and retail trade had the highest number of working hours in 2019 globally. Here people had to work an average of 49.1 hours a week. Apart from this, 48.2 hours had to be worked in transport and communication, 47.6 hours in manufacturing. Also the shortest working hours were in the agriculture sector, where 37.9 hours were required. Apart from this, education had to work for 39.3 hours and health services for 39.8 hours.
The occupational group with the longest average working hours was plant and machine operators and assemblers, who worked an average of 48.2 hours per week, the report said. This was followed by service and sales employees working 47.0 hours per week.