Tuesday graphs: Australians work a lot, given the wages on offer

Given that there’s been a bit of debate in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory about gazetting new public holidays, I thought I’d take a look at how many hours the average Australian works a year compared to the rest of the world. As you can see, in the countries for which the OECD supplies data, there’s a strongly negative relationship between the average wage rate in a country and the number of hours worked a year in that country. Given the average wage in Australia, though, we tend to work more hours than you’d predict (about 86 hours a year over what you’d predict based on our wages).

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The Germans work much less than you’d expect; the Mexicans much more:

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This doesn’t mean that we should or shouldn’t have more public holidays, of course—but it does give us an idea of how hard Australians work compared to other advanced economies.


One Comment on “Tuesday graphs: Australians work a lot, given the wages on offer”

  1. Matt Cowgill says:

    Where was the Monday graph though

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