FILIPINOS HAVE been working longer hours on average, indicating a greater need for overtime pay and an increase in the amount of work that needs to be done.
The Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) placed the mean number of working hours at 41.2 a week, based on 2009 figures.
This is longer than the standard 40 hours of work in a week.
The data also showed that 39% of the 35.06 million working Filipinos that year (13.66 million in absolute terms) logged 40 to 48 hours of work in a week, while 22.5% or more than 7.88 million exceeded 48 hours.
“Overtime pay and the volume of work are the two main reasons why most Filipinos extend their average working hours,” said Juan Paolo R. Rivera, economist at De La Salle University.
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