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Australia’s working week shorter than ever

Published: December 6, 2016

The average working week in Australia has gradually reduced over the past ten years as companies embrace employee output rather than time in the workplace.

With the increase of technology and the ability to work on the go, many employees are now able to put in time away from the office and this has helped reduce the time of the traditional working week across all states.

Queensland and South Australia have seen the largest decrease, with the average worker spending two hours less a week at work than a decade ago.

KPMG demographer Bernard Salt believes changes means workers now make smarter choices when it comes to their workload.

“It’s good to be in the office but if you don’t get in until 9.30am it doesn’t matter because you are being measured on what you produce,” said Mr Salt.

He added: “If you’re checking your emails for three minutes on a Sunday, are you at work? That’s three minutes of your time the employer is getting that you are not charging them for.

“The petty observations of time just don’t really hold in the 21st century.”

Recent research from recruitment firm Hays concluded that around 50 per cent of Australians would consider a 20 per cent reduction in their salary if they could work from home.


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