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.

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Preferred, agreed and actual working hours of women and men
Preferred, agreed and actual working hours in east and west German federal states 2015
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