Date
24 March 2017
Hong Kong employees work a world-beating 50.11 hours a week, according to a study by UBS, prompting calls for legislation on standard working hours. Photo: Bloomberg
Hong Kong employees work a world-beating 50.11 hours a week, according to a study by UBS, prompting calls for legislation on standard working hours. Photo: Bloomberg

Hongkongers work longest in the world, report says

A labor lawmaker is pressing for legislation on standard working hours, citing a survey that shows Hong Kong people work the longest in the world.

Lee Cheuk-yan said the government should standardize working hours to avoid turning workers into slaves, Metro Daily reports.

Lee cited a September 2015 report by Swiss financial services group UBS that Hongkongers work an average of 50.11 hours a week, 12.6 percent more than their counterparts in Mumbai which came in second at 43.78 hours.

Bangkok was fourth at 42.13 hours. Tokyo and Beijing clocked in in at 39.5 hours and 37.7 hours, respectively.

Taipei was eighth at 41.17 hours.

European cities work the least number of hours per week, with Paris coming in with the lowest number at just 30.84 hours a week, followed by Lyon, Moscow, Helsinki and Vienna.

People in financial centers such as London and New York work an average of 33 to 36 hours a week.

Hong Kong employees have an average of 17.2 days of paid leave a year, lower than the global average of 23 days.

Lee said the findings are a wake-up call for Hong Kong.

It could lose its advantage in the competition for global talent if it becomes synonymous with long working hours.

The Confederation of Trade Unions is proposing a 44-hour standard work week, overtime pay at 1.5 times the applicable wage and universal pension.

The government has launched a second public consultation but workers’ representatives on the Standard Working Hours Committee have been critical of the panel’s emphasis on contracted working hours over standard working hours.

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