Malaysians Work Harder Amid Challenging Climate in the Workforce

Mean hours worked by status in employment, Malaysia 2016
Source: Labour Force Survey Report, 2016

Malaysians, in general, work longer hours on an average work week compared to the OECD countries. (In 2016, Malaysia’s mean hours per workweek is 45.4 hours, which is much longer than the OECD average of 33.9 hours. Malaysian employers work on average about 48.8 hours while employees work on average about 47.8 hours per week). Malaysian average working hours nearly reach the boundaries of ILO’s standard of excessive working hours of 48 hours, which is 20% of extra working hours from the recommended standard 40 hours per workweek.

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