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Does India have the longest working hours? Find out...

October 10, 2013 10:38 IST

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Employees work more than 350 minutes per average day, that is about six hours, in almost all countries. Working for six hours means an employee is spending one-third of waking time on work, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Let's take a look at some countries, including India, where people have longest working hours.

Source: OECD

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Image: An outsourcing centre in Bangalore.
Photographs: Vivek Prakash/Reuters

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Mongolia

Total hours worked in an average day: 10 hours by men

Total hours worked in an average day: 11 hours by women

Time spent on market and learning activities: 6 hours by men

Time spent on market and learning activities: 8 hours by women

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 2 hours by men

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 5 hours by women

Rank in total working hours for both men and women: 1

Mongolians spend more hours working than anyone else in the world.

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Image: A view of the parliament building at Sukhbaatar Square in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
Photographs: Mareike Guensche/Reuters

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Kazakhstan

Total hours worked in an average day: 9 hours by men

Total hours worked in an average day: 10 hours by women

Time spent on market and learning activities: 3 hours by men

Time spent on market and learning activities: 5 hours by women

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 4 hours by men

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 6 hours by women

Rank in total working hours for both men and women: 2

Women in Kazakhstan spend more hours learning activities than men.

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Image: A view of Astana, Kazakhstan.
Photographs: Pavel Mikheev/Reuters

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Japan

Total hours worked in an average day: 8 hours by men

Total hours worked in an average day: 8 hours by women

Time spent on market and learning activities: 4 hours by men

Time spent on market and learning activities: 7 hours by women

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 1 hours by men

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 4 hours by women

Rank in total working hours for both men and women: 3

Men and women in Japan spend equal time on work.

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Image: Pedestrians walk across a zebra crossing in Tokyo, Japan.
Photographs: Stringer/Reuters
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China

Total hours worked in an average day: 8 hours by men

Total hours worked in an average day: 9 hours by women

Time spent on market and learning activities: 5 hours by men

Time spent on market and learning activities: 7 hours by women

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 2 hours by men

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 4 hours by women

Rank in total working hours for both men and women: 4

Women work more than men in China.

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Image: A view of the city skyline from the Zhongfu Building at night in Beijing, China.
Photographs: Jason Lee/Reuters
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Australia

Total hours worked in an average day: 8 hours by men

Total hours worked in an average day: 8 hours by women

Time spent on market and learning activities: 3 hours by men

Time spent on market and learning activities: 5 hours by women

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 3 hours by men

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 5 hours by women

Rank in total working hours for both men and women: 5

Like Japan, Australian men and women spend equal hours working.

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Image: Kayakers paddle on the Swan River past the Perth city skyline, Australia.
Photographs: Tim Wimborne/Reuters

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New Zealand

Total hours worked in an average day: 8 hours by men

Total hours worked in an average day: 8 hours by women

Time spent on market and learning activities: 3 hours by men

Time spent on market and learning activities: 5 hours by women

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 3 hours by men

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 5 hours by women

Rank in total working hours for both men and women: 6

New Zealand is another country where men and women spend equal hours working.

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Image: A view of Auckland City from atop the Sky Tower in New Zealand.
Photographs: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

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Kyrgyzstan

Total hours worked in an average day: 8 hours by men

Total hours worked in an average day: 9 hours by women

Time spent on market and learning activities: 4 hours by men

Time spent on market and learning activities: 6 hours by women

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 2 hours by men

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 5 hours by women

Rank in total working hours for both men and women: 7

Women in Kyrgyzstan spend more time than men doing unpaid work.

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Image: A herdsman leads his horses home in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, about 40km north of the capital Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Photographs: Vladimir Pirogov/Reuters

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South Korea

Total hours worked in an average day: 7 hours by men

Total hours worked in an average day: 8 hours by women

Time spent on market and learning activities: 4 hours by men

Time spent on market and learning activities: 7 hours by women

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 1 hours by men

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 4 hours by women

Rank in total working hours for both men and women: 8

Women spend more hours working than men in South Korea.

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Image: People walk along Apgujeong Rodeo Street in the Gangnam area of Seoul, South Korea.
Photographs: Lee Jae-Won/Reuters

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India

Total hours worked in an average day: 7 hours by men

Total hours worked in an average day: 9 hours by women

Time spent on market and learning activities: 3 hours by men

Time spent on market and learning activities: 7 hours by women

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 1 hours by men

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 6 hours by women

Rank in total working hours for both men and women: 9

While men in India spend just one hour on average doing unpaid work, women give six hours.

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Image: A view of India Gate in New Delhi.
Photographs: B Mathur/Reuters
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Pakistan

Total hours worked in an average day: 7 hours by men

Total hours worked in an average day: 7 hours by women

Time spent on market and learning activities: 2 hours by men

Time spent on market and learning activities: 7 hours by women

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 0 hours by men

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 5 hours by women

Rank in total working hours for both men and women: 10

Men and women in Pakistan spend equal time on work.

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Image: A man talks to customers while offering them a camel ride along Karachi's Clifton Beach, Pakistan.
Photographs: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

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Cambodia

Total hours worked in an average day: 6 hours by men

Total hours worked in an average day: 7 hours by women

Time spent on market and learning activities: 5 hours by men

Time spent on market and learning activities: 6 hours by women

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 0 hours by men

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 2 hours by women

Rank in total working hours for both men and women: 11

Men in Cambodia spend zero hours on average doing unpaid work.

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Image: A view of Phnom Penh city and the Mekong river, Cambodia.
Photographs: Chor Sokunthea/Reuters

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Armenia

Total hours worked in an average day: 6 hours by men

Total hours worked in an average day: 7 hours by women

Time spent on market and learning activities: 2 hours by men

Time spent on market and learning activities: 5 hours by women

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 1 hours by men

Time spent on non-market/unpaid work: 5 hours by women

Rank in total working hours for both men and women: 12

Women spend a lot more time on learning activities than men in Armenia.


Image: A view of Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia.
Photographs: Source, Serouj Ourishian/Wikipedia Commons

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