We’ve taken figures from Eurostat and created a map that shows the average working hours per week in different European countries. Click on the map to find the data. Where would you like to work?
View a larger version of 2014 Average Working Hours created with eSpatial mapping software.
Green is good, yellow bad…
Since we circulated this map around the eSpatial office, there’s been a half-hearted effort to to get the company relocated to The Netherlands. Given that the Dutch work an average of just 30.1 hours per week, you can see why. You can also understand why management are none too keen on us heading Amsterdam way.
Red is…well, you don’t want to go there
We suspect that management is in fact exploring the option of sending us to Istanbul. There we can be expected to do an average working week of 47.7 hours, without complaint! That’s a whopping 63% longer working week than the canny Dutch.
And definitely more Red than Green…the US
US citizens may be left non-plussed by complaints by the likes of the French – well, they’re always complaining about something – about average working hours in Europe. And rightly so. Last year, a Gallup survey revealed that there is no such thing as an average 40-hour week in the US. According to its findings, US workers endured a 46.7 hour working week, last year. That means Americans work more than any of their European counterparts, except for Turkey.