Chinese are most industrious and overworked: poll
China may be the most industrious nation in the world, according to a recent German survey, but a Chinese labor expert said lax labor rights have created a culture of overworked employees who do not take vacations.
Monster Worldwide, which runs one of the world’s largest employment websites of the same name, and GfK, the largest global market research institute in Germany, released a survey on Tuesday that asked workers from eight nations to rate global “industriousness”.
About 8,000 participants in Canada, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States were asked which country creates the best ideas or products, how hard-working is a given country’s labor force and where in the world is most competitive. The survey did not poll workers in China.
China topped the ranking, followed by Germany and the US. French workers were considered the laziest in the world, according to the survey.
Employees in China work an average of 8.66 hours and spend 0.96 hours in transit each workday, according to a survey jointly conducted in 2012 by Peking University and Zhaopin.com, a Chinese human resources company. The survey covered more than 30,000 respondents in 28 cities.
Under Chinese labor laws and the ILO’s global advocacy, employees should work no more than 40 hours a week.
Under a regulation endorsed by the State Council in 2008, workers can enjoy five days of paid leave a year after working 12 months. People who have worked more than 10 years can have 10 days of paid leave and workers who have worked 20 years or longer get 15 days.
But few employees in China take their annual vacation. To get more Chinese to go on vacations and boost the tourism industry, the Chinese tourism authority issued a guideline in February to provide more legal support to protect workers’ rights to a vacation. The aim of the guideline is that by 2020, all employees in China will be entitled to paid annual leave. (via China Daily)
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