One in three working more than 50 hours a week - Census
3:08PM Thursday July 24, 2008


Those most likely to be working more than 50 hours are men with both high qualifications and no qualifications at all. Photo / istock

More than 150 years after a carpenter in Petone famously insisted on working an eight-hour day, one in three full-time workers are clocking up more than 50 hours a week.

Those most likely to be working more than 50 hours are men and they are those with both high qualifications and no qualifications at all.

That is according to an analysis of 2006 Census data, commissioned by the Families Commission and the Department of Labour, which says it is now targeting the employers and employees identified as working long hours.

Craig Armitage, a deputy secretary at the department, said the department and other government agencies would be forceful about problem areas and try to increase awareness.

"The fact that we work long hours is not a surprise. But the research gives insights into where it is happening," he said.

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