How Australian working hours have changed over the last 15 years

Angus Kidman 26 August 2015 NEWS

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Feel like you're working harder than ever? The numbers tell a different story for men and women.

Australian men in full-time employment worked an average of 40.7 hours per week last year, while for women the figure was 36.5 hours, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). For part-time employees, the figures were closer: men worked an average of 17.6 hours, while women worked 17.3 hours.

Turns out we've worked longer in the past. In 2002-2003 men in full-time employment worked an average 42.6 hours a week, and women peaked at 38.2 hours. The full-time figures for 2014-2015 are also lower than the average over the last 15 years. It's a different story for part-time workers, who did work a little harder than the 15-year average figure.

Where are the happiest workers and how can you become one?

Here's all the data for average working hours since 2001:

Year Men (full-time) Women (full-time) Men (part-time) Women (part-time)
2001-2002 42.3 hours 37.8 hours 17.2 hours 16.5 hours
2002-2003 42.6 hours 38.2 hours 17.4 hours 16.7 hours
2003-2004 41.9 hours 37.4 hours 17.1 hours 16.6 hours
2004-2005 42.1 hours 37.9 hours 17.6 hours 16.9 hours
2005-2006 41.4 hours 37.4 hours 17.5 hours 16.9 hours
2006-2007 40.8 hours 36.9 hours 17.4 hours 16.8 hours
2007-2008 41.9 hours 37.6 hours 17.6 hours 17.1 hours
2008-2009 41.2 hours 37.3 hours 17.4 hours 17.0 hours
2009-2010 41.2 hours 37.1 hours 17.5 hours 16.9 hours
2010-2011 41.2 hours 37.2 hours 17.4 hours 17.1 hours
2011-2012 40.5 hours 36.4 hours 17.3 hours 16.8 hours
2012-2013 40.3 hours 36.2 hours 17.3 hours 16.9 hours
2013-2014 41.5 hours 37.1 hours 17.8 hours 17.5 hours
2014-2015 40.7 hours 36.5 hours 17.6 hours 17.3 hours
Average 41.4 hours 37.2 hours 17.4 hours 16.9 hours

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