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Australians working fewer hours in the office.

There's no doubt that nurses are working longer hours, but as a nation, Australian workers are spending fewer hours in the workplace than they did 10 years ago, according to a report by Bankwest.

Its Working Times report shows fulltime workers put in an average 41.4 hours a week over the past year to August 2010, compared with 42.7 hours a week a decade ago--representing a 1.3 hour decrease in hours worked over the decade.

The research found that small business owners worked the longest hours in Australia (50.7 hours), while government employees in the public sector worked fewer hours than other Australians (36.8 hours).

Gen Y bucked the trend, working fewer hours than any other age group, at an age when traditionally Australians worked longer hours in a bid to try and establish their careers, which had some effect on the figures.

Bankwest's analysis of labour force data found the major employment trend over the past decade has been a shift into part-time from full-time work. Now, 30% of workers are employed part-time, compared to 27% a decade ago.

The average hours worked by part-timers has increased by 0.9 hours per week over the past decade from 16.1 to 17.0 hours per week, while the average hours of all workers--both full-time and part-time--has fallen by 1.5 hours per week over the past decade from 35.6 hours in August 2000 to 34.1 hours currently.
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Publication:The Lamp
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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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