Here’s Sad Proof Chinese Are the Hardest Workers in the World (Infographic)

The average employee in China performs 44.6 hours a week, and only gets 10 days off each year. (Jurvetson/Flickr)
The average employee in China performs 44.6 hours a week, and only gets 10 days off each year. (Jurvetson/Flickr)

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.
Infographic showing how hard Chinese people work. (Image: Caixin)

Infographic showing how hard Chinese people work. (Image: Caixin)

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