Young Indians clock in more hours at work than their peers in other countries, says a survey. Millennials in India put in 52 hours per week on average – the longest – says a survey from ManpowerGroup, a global human resource consulting firm.
Millennials are commonly referred to as people born in the 1980s and 1990s.
In comparison, millennials in China clock 48 hours, US 45 hours, Canada 42 hours, Germany 43 hours, UK 41 hours and Japan 46 hours per week on average.
The shortest work hours? Australians clock 41 hours per week, says the survey. “Indian millennials claim the longest working week and Australians the shortest – on average 52 and 41 hours a week respectively,” it says.
The survey was carried out across 25 countries covering 19,000 millennials. The countries included Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Singapore, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the US.
“Millennials expect to work harder and longer than previous generations, so they already anticipate more variety and more times when they will take their foot off the gas,” the survey said in its findings.
“Like long-distance runners, this work-hard, play-hard generation have their eyes on the horizon and what’s next. They are planning for the long-haul and want work that increases their long-term employability,” it said.
By 2020, millennials will make up over a third of the global workforce, ManpowerGroup estimates.
Some other findings from this global survey
- Two-thirds of millennials are optimistic about their immediate job prospects.62 per cent are confident that if they lost their main source of income tomorrow they could find equally good or better work within three months.
- Most millennials know they’ll work longer than the generations before them. Globally, over half expect to work past age 65.
- Most millennials prioritize three things when choosing where and how they work: money, security and time off.
- Rather than one long job for life, millennials understand the need for continuous skills development to remain employable. 93 per cent want lifelong learning and are willing to spend their own time and/or money on further training.