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New study reveals world's busiest cities

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 01:42

Have you ever sat down and calculated exactly how many hours you spend working every week? A new study by UBS shows the cities around the world with the shortest - and the longest - working weeks. Grace Pascoe reports.

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It feels like we're always connected and reachable - particularly when it comes to our jobs. Many roles are no longer 9 - 5 - with work often taking up more time than life. If a shorter working week appeals - a study by UBS shows just where you should move to. French cities take the top spots - with Paris workers clocking an average of around 30-point-84 hours per week, Lyon followed closely behind. Then we move across to Moscow - and Helsinki... UBS looked at 15 different occupations across 70 cities before France topped the charts. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DANIEL KALT, CHIEF ECONOMIST SWITZERLAND AND REPORT AUTHOR, UBS WEALTH MANAGEMENT, SAYING; "France has introduced a 35 hour week in 2000 - so that was a political decision to bring down working hours from 39 at the time to 35 hours a week." People in Hong Kong are the busiest worker bees - they are in the office an average of 50-point-12 hours per week. Followed by Mumbai in India... then Mexico City. Another Indian city comes in at 4th - New Delhi. Then Bangkok rounds out the top 5. And unfortunately Hong Kongers don't get rewarded for all their hard work - with only 17 days of holiday annually on average. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DANIEL KALT, CHIEF ECONOMIST SWITZERLAND, UBS WEALTH MANAGEMENT, SAYING; "Hong Kong does not have such a maximum working hour in pace, Legislation that will restrict working hours there." Parisians on the other hand have on average 29 days off. And they're even going as far as banning "out-of-hours" emailing... and installing guidelines for working evenings and weekends.

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New study reveals world's busiest cities

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 01:42