How Australian working hours have changed over the last 15 years
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.
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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