Hours Aren’t Everything

September 2019

Germans work fewer hours than people in many other countries but tend to be more productive. That’s one finding of a recent Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study.

Germans worked an average of 1363 hours in 2018 – less than any of the other 34 OECD members examined. At the opposite end of the scale was Mexico, where the employed logged 2148 hours last year. People in the US put in 1786 hours in 2018.

Germany’s fewer working hours was offset by greater productivity. The average value of an hour’s work in the country was $105.70 – four dollars more than in the US. Workers in France rated as the most productive.

One reason for Germany’s relatively low working hours is the number of public holidays and vacation and sick days guaranteed by standard employment contracts.

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