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11% of Gulf workers work over 11 hours a day - survey

HR experts Regus reveals work patterns of employees in region as part of global poll

11% of Gulf workers work over 11 hours a day - survey
Economic pressures have ramped up working hours, the report said

More than one in 10 workers in the Gulf region work more than 11 hours a day, according to a new global survey published by HR experts Regus.

The survey of 12,000 business people in 85 countries also revealed that 30 percent of workers in the region work between nine and 11 hours daily, compared to a global average of 38 percent.

The Regus study also said more than 40 percent of workers in the Gulf work well over eight hours a day and over 30 percent regularly take work home to finish in the evening.

It said pressure on working hours has increased in recent years because of slow economic recovery in mature economies and, conversely, very rapid growth in emerging ones.

Globally, only five percent of women work 60 hour weeks compared to more than twice that (12 percent) for men, according to Regus.

They are also less likely (32 percent) to take work home to complete more than three times a week, than men (48 percent).

A Regus spokesperson said: "This study finds a clear blurring of the line between work and home. The long-term effects of this over-work could be damaging both to workers' health and to overall productivity as workers drive themselves too hard and become disaffected, depressed or even physically ill."

The spokesperson added: "While our survey found remote and mobile workers generally worked longer hours, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that remote workers are more productive, have a higher job satisfaction and lower stress levels.

"These workers typically spend far less time commuting, freeing-up more time for their job."

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Issa Salim Moh'd 8 years ago

It is not suprisingly to see this. Employers do not consider their employees as human beings who need somethime also to have rest and relax. In this, the globe will always be witnessing this kind of economic slow down! If the poor people who are demanded by the rich ones will be disatisfied with the job condition and force themselves to just do the works, the benefit will not increase! We need to change ourselves first so that we might change the situation and the condition of the world economy!

David Jay 8 years ago

Send this to the French who work 7 and a half "hardworking" hours a day and they would all be in the street striking, and wanting retirement at 40 years old.

anas 8 years ago

I am sure that the majority of selected sample are "big 4 audit and advisory firms" employees, these firms treat people like slaves, they had a commercial slogan about the earned experience and environment, but at the end the quality of deliverables is very low.