Miners working longest hours in Australia

New data shows Australia’s miners work longer than any other sector in the country.

Recently published Bureau of Statistics data shows that thousands of workers in the mining industry are 35 per cent more like to put in more than 70 hours per week.

The Characteristics of Employment Survey presents information on all employed persons according to their status of employment.

Using a specific framework, jobholders are classified into a status of employment on the basis of their main job that is, the job in which they usually worked the most hours.

The survey confirms that executives of each industry put in the most hours each week, with 82,000 managers reaching the 70 hour benchmark more frequently than any other group.

More than a third of mining workers in Australia put in a working week of longer than 38 hours in 2015, with the survey suggesting 40,000 workers are fulfilling this requirement in both the mining and construction industries.

On the other end of the scale, roughly 20,000 and 10,000 workers were performing fewer than 10 hours per week in the manufacturing and construction industries respectively.


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