Aussie men among hardest workers
ONE in five Australian men work more than 50 hours a week, making Aussies some of the hardest workers in the developed world.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Better Life Index, 14% of Aussies worked these very long hours - higher than the average of 9%.
According to the index, 6% of women worked long hours compared with 21% of men, making Australia fourth among the 34 nations ranked for long hours.
Mackay Chamber of Commerce chairman and business owner Tim Miles knows all too well the pressures that come with working long hours.
Mr Miles said of those he knew in Mackay, very few would spend less than 50 hours a week at work. But he wasn't complaining.
"To make enough money these days to afford the lifestyle we want, you have to work those hours," he said. "Australians like a good time but they're willing to work hard for it."
Mr Miles said he managed to balance his role in the Chamber of Commerce and work responsibilities with his family.
"I do a lot of work from my smartphone and laptop."
He said working for five hours on a Sunday was not unusual but meant he was able to schedule in extra time with his children during the week.
"I help coach my son's rugby league team," he said.
While men may work harder when it comes to paid work, they only spend 172 minutes a day cooking, cleaning or caring, compared to women who spend 311 minutes on domestic work.
Mr Miles' wife recently returned to work as a full-time teacher after being a stay-at-home mum for several years.
He said he and his wife shared the domestic chores and hoped they were setting a good example for their three children.
"It's a busy house but it's a fun house," he said. "We were brought up in families where both our parents worked very hard. We just balance it out."
- Almost half of Turkey's population works more than 50 hours, followed by Mexico and Israel.
- The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Russia had the best work-life balance with only 1-2% working very long hours.
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