Com­par­i­son of ac­tual and pre­ferred work­ing hours

This indicator compares whether people's preferred working hours differ from their actual working hours.

It is a proxy to measure the work-life balance.

Working hours means the average number of hours worked. The data refers to employees aged 20-54 (excluding trainees) but including interns. People who actually work less than five hours a week and with desired regular working hours of more than 60 hours have been excluded.

The data source is the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). The data on desired, agreed and actual working hours was collected in surveys, which means the values presented are only statistical approximations.

Preferred, agreed and actual working hours of women and men
Preferred, agreed and actual working hours in east and west German federal states 2017
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