Infographic Work Around the Globe

May 17, 2016

Working Cultures and Hours around the world infographic

Work around the globe

To state the obvious, work is an incredibly significant part of our lives. We put so much effort and time into our occupation, but what does it give back to us?

We compared the way Australia, the UK, Sweden, the US, Brazil, South Africa and Germany work, examining factors like minimum hourly wage and annual leave.

 

Out of the 7 countries, South Africa clocks in the most average weekly hours worked.

  • South Africa: 43.3
  • Brazil: 40.3
  • The US: 38.6
  • The UK: 36.5
  • Australia: 35.9
  • Sweden: 35.8
  • Germany: 34.5

 

2 out of the 7 have no set hourly minimum wage.

In Sweden, workers are legally allowed to form unions to bargain their wages collectively, and in South Africa, the minimum wage differ depending on what kind of work you do.

  • Australia: $17.29
  • The UK: (£6.70) $13.80
  • Germany (€8,50) $12.33
  • The US: ($7.25) $9.90
  • Brazil: (BRL 3,58 ) $1.27

 

Australia and the UK are the only countries with flexible working laws.

In the UK you can request after 6.5 months.

In Australia, employees have the right to request flexible working
after at least 12 months.

 

Sweden has been making headlines recently as various companies
across the country are trialling a 6-hour work day.

 

Listen up, expectant parents: here’s the breakdown of parental leave allowances.

  • US: 12 Weeks
  • Sweden: 12 weeks (unpaid)
  • Germany: 14 Weeks
  • South Africa: 17 Weeks
  • Australia: 18 Weeks (plus eligible dads and partners get 2 weeks)
  • Brazil: 24 Weeks
  • UK: 52 Weeks

 

What happens if you fall ill? How many paid sick days do you get?

  • The UK: no limit (as long as you provide a doctor’s note after 7 consecutive days)
  • Brazil: no limit (as long as you provide a doctor’s note after 7 consecutive days)
  • Sweden: no limit (as long as you provide a doctor’s note after 7 consecutive days)
  • South Africa: 30 days
  • Germany: 30 days
  • Australia: 10 days
  • The US: 8 days

 

Sweden wins as the country with the most holiday (including public holidays), and the US comes in dead last, where workers are legally entitled to no holiday (with 8 nationally-recognised holidays per year).

  • 36 Sweden
  • 35 Brazil
  • 30-33 Australia
  • 29-33 Germany
  • 28 The UK
  • 27 South Africa
  • 0 The US

 

What’s the employee turnover like? Let’s look at average job tenure in years.

  • Germany 10.7
  • Sweden 9.5
  • The UK 8.2
  • Brazil 6.9
  • The US 4.6
  • South Africa 3.9
  • Australia 3.3

 

To state the obvious, work is an incredibly significant part of our lives. We put so much effort and time into our occupation, but what does it give back to us?

 

And there you have a snapshot of how we work around the world – for more information on working culture in the UK and beyond, visit the Citrix Interactions blog.

 

Further Reading

 

 

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/20-things-about-australian-working-culture-that-can-surprise-foreigners-2015-3

http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/research/workplace-culture/pages/workplace-culture

https://www.fairwork.gov.au/employee-entitlements/national-employment-standards

http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/countries/australia/

http://www.livingin-australia.com/salaries-australia/

http://mccrindle.com.au/the-mccrindle-blog/australia-in-2015

http://qualigence.com/infographic-work-culture-around-the-globe-britain/

http://work.sweden.se/living-in-sweden/swedish-business-culture/

http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/countries/sweden/b

http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/benefits/2011/ownership/private/table23a.htm

http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/workhours/flexibleschedules.htm

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/industry-standard-sick-days-73953.html

http://www.dol.gov/whd/minimumwage.htm

http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/usa/

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