Chinese people have a reputation for being hard workers, but new research reveals the downside of all this toil.
The study from Beijing Normal University was published on Nov. 22. It shows that:
- The average employee in China performs 44.6 hours a week, and only gets 10 days off each year.
- 90% of China’s industries make workers do more than a standard 40-hour work week, with an average of 4 hours overtime.
- The hospitality/food industry has the longest hours, with employees putting in an average of 51.4 hours a week.
- Chinese are estimated to work 2,000-2,200 hours annually, which is comparable to developed Western countries from the 1920s to the 1950s.
- Long hours are the biggest issue, causing the most illnesses and deaths each year.
- Construction and mining damage health—75% of workers with occupational diseases are miners, and most have pneumoconiosis (black lung disease).
- Work pressure is often listed as the cause of depression or suicide.
- Commute times are long. Beijing has the longest average at 97 minutes, while Guangzhou takes second place at 92.2 minutes.
- Workers get fewer paid holidays than people in other countries.
- Staff typically receive five paid days off only after they have worked with a company for a whole year.