Stats re­veal a na­tion of hard work­ers

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Shane Wright

■ Aus­tralians put in some of the longest work­ing weeks in the world, with one in five do­ing at least 45 hours.

Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics fig­ures show more than 2 per cent, or 250,000 peo­ple, work at least 70 hours a week.

An­other 400,000 do be­tween 60 and 69 hours, or at least 12 hours a day over a five-day week.

Min­ers have the longest work­ing weeks in the na­tion, with more than a quar­ter do­ing 60-69 hours and 17 per cent putting in more than 70 hours.

Far fewer min­ers work less than 40 hours a week — just 11 per cent of the work­force.

Af­ter min­ers, work­ers in the agri­cul­tural and fish­ing in­dus­tries put in some of the longest work days, with more than a third on the job at least 60 hours a week.

Re­tail, ac­com­mo­da­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and health have the most part-time work­ers.

Of 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple in re­tail, about 45 per cent do fewer than 29 hours a week.

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