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World's shortest work weeks

Americans work an average of 38 hours a week, even after factoring in part-time jobs. Here are 10 industrialized nations where workers have shorter hours.


shortest work week australia
  • Average hours per week: 36
  • Average annual wages: $45,000

Australian law puts the official work week at 38 hours, and the average Aussie works almost that much.

The Australian government passed new labor standards in 2009, laying out 10 minimum protections for workers. Those conditions give workers a right to public holidays, severance pay and leave under a variety of scenarios, including community service work.

Source: OECD. Data reflect wage and salary workers, not the self-employed.
  @AnnalynKurtz - Last updated July 10 2013 01:07 PM ET

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