What counts as the average work week

Average hours worked, overtime

The normal working hours (normal working hours) per week remained roughly the same for all employed persons as in the last five years (36.6 hours) on an annual average. The average normal working hours per week for the self-employed at 35.6 hours in 2020 also remained at the level of previous years.

By contrast, the number of hours actually worked per week for the self-employed was 28.1 hours, well below the previous year's figure. At 29.1 hours, the total number of people in employment was even lower than in the previous 15 years, based on their main job.

In 2020, an average of 7.0 hours of overtime or - in the case of part-time employment - extra hours per week and person (with at least one hour overtime) were worked. In 2019, there were roughly the same number of overtime hours on average, 7.1. In relation to all employed persons, an average of 1.1 hours of overtime was worked per week. 592,800 people, i.e. around one sixth (16.1%) of all employed persons, worked overtime in their main job in 2020 (2019: 704,800 people or 18.8%). Ten or more hours of overtime were worked by 155,600 people. This means that in the last decade and a half there has never been so little overtime as in 2020.

Not all overtime hours are paid or compensated with a corresponding time allowance with surcharges. In 2020, an average of 6.0 overtime hours per week was also paid. The share of unpaid overtime is significantly higher for women (19.9%) than for men (11.1%).

Note: In the ILO concept, a person is considered to be gainfully employed if they worked for at least one hour in the reference week or did not work due to vacation, illness, etc., but are normally employed. Persons in permanent employment who receive parental leave or child benefit are included in the workforce. Unemployed is anyone who is not employed in this sense, takes active steps to look for work and can start working at short notice. In principle, the data refer to the resident population in private households. The information on part-time also includes people on parental leave for whom the last working hours are recorded. However, this group of people is not included in the average calculations and the information on the volume of work.




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