An interesting update came my way today courtesy of the Deloitte Monday briefing from Ian Stewart. In my post about starting your own consultancy [Link] I said that a consultancy would normally expect you to account for 2000 hours a year. Below are some of the average worker stats by country. Just interesting I thought, I must work too hard !
In 2014 the average Mexican worker put in 2,228 hours, equivalent to a 43-hour working week with no holidays. The average German worked 1,371 hours in 2014, 39% less than the average Mexican. French workers worked 1,473 hours. Contrary to popular perceptions, Greece features among the countries where people work long hours (2,042 hours). By-and-large people in nations with higher levels of productivity work fewer hours, enabling Germans – who have among the highest productivity in the world – to produce more in a relatively short working week.