Australia - a nation of workaholics?

November 21, 2012, 1:17 pmYahoo!7

A study of census data has revealed Australian workers are putting in an additional 52 days of overtime each year at work.


If you struggle to find time from work to enjoy your personal life, it’s probably because you’ve turned into a workaholic.

A study of census data has revealed Australian workers are putting in an additional 52 days of overtime each year at work.

Australian Financial Review crunched the numbers from the 2011 census data and found we are now doing so much overtime that we are effectively working an extra 10 weeks a year.

And what’s worse - many workers are not even been compensated for the extra toil.

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Of the 6.3 million full-time workers in Australia, 1.7 million, about 26 per cent, said they worked 49 or more hours in the week prior to last year’s census.

The analysis also found that employees, rather than owners, were the most likely to put in extremely long hours.

So which profession works the longest hours?

Data reveals surgeons top the list with three-quarters of them saying they worked 49 or more hours a week.

This was followed by about 70 per cent of legislators and around the same percentage of crop and livestock farmers, most of whom are self-employed.

Legal professions followed with nearly half of all barristers and lawyers working longer hours, according to the census data.

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Industry wise, farming and mining featured the longest hours. A quarter of those in dairy farming and cotton growing said they work 49 or more hours a week.

The census data may not take into account workers who fly into and out of mining sites and is based on the hours worked in the previous week.

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