“Korea is no longer a country where people work a lot”… Look at the hours worked per week

It was found that the actual working hours of all workers, which was used as the basis for the claim that Korea is a country with long working hours, has decreased significantly over the past 20 years. The gap with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ( OECD ) average decreased significantly to 185 hours last year.

The Korea Employers Federation stated this in its report titled ‘International Comparison Analysis of Working Hour Status and Trends’ published on the 11th. According to the report, the annual actual working hours per person for all wage earners in Korea decreased by 554 hours, from 2,458 hours in 2001 to 1,904 hours last year. During the same period, OECD average actual working hours decreased from 1,767 hours to 1,719 hours. Accordingly, the gap between Korea and the OECD average narrowed from 691 hours to 185 hours during the period.

Actual working hours in Korea have decreased by about 500 hours since 2001, which is larger than the OECD average (47 hours), and this decrease is토토사이트 analyzed to be the largest among OECD countries.

As of 2011-2022, when statistical continuity was secured, working hours in Korea decreased by 215 hours, from 2,119 hours in 2011 to 1,904 hours last year. On the other hand , the OECD average decreased by only 20 hours from 1,739 hours to 1,719 hours over the same period, narrowing the gap with Korea from 380 hours to 185 hours.

The Federation of Korean Economy also published the results of an analysis of the actual working hours of full-time wage earners, excluding part-time workers. Last year, the average weekly working hours of full-time wage earners in Korea was 42 hours. The OECD average was 40.7 hours (weighted average) and 41 hours (arithmetic average), and the gap with Korea was only 1.3 hours and 1 hour, respectively. Based on the arithmetic mean mainly used by the Ministry of Employment and Labor, the difference in actual working hours per week compared to the OECD average is equivalent to approximately 52 hours per year.

In 2001, Korean full-time weekly actual working hours were 50.8 hours, which was 9.9 hours longer than the OECD average (40.9 hours), but the gap narrowed significantly to 1.3 hours last year (based on OECD announcement). Even compared to G7 countries such as France (0.4 hours), Germany (0.2 hours), and Italy (0.5 hours), the decrease was relatively large.

Ha Sang-woo, head of the Economic Research Division of the Federation of Korean Industries, said, “Our country’s working hours have reached a level where they cannot be considered excessively long compared to the OECD average,” adding, “If we break away from the frame of being a country with long working hours, we can improve productivity through flexible working hours. ” “We must actively seek to improve the system,” he said.

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