Has the incidence of Australians working long hours per week fallen since 2000?

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Has the incidence of Australians working long hours per week fallen since 2000?

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• The proportion of Australian employees working long hours has fallen slightly since 2000 after a sustained rise over the previous 14 years. Our report shows this trend (see Main Report page 23 and Appendix Exhibit 16). • We use the year 2000 as a basis for comparison because of the availability of similarly defined international statistics on the proportion of employees working 50 hours or more. • Using publicly available ABS data: • The proportion of the total workforce working 50 hours or more fell by 1.4 percentage points from 2000 to 2005 (from 18.5% to 17.1%) after increasing from a base of 13.0% in 1978. • The proportion of the total workforce working 45 hours or more fell by 1.5 percentage points from 2000 to 2005 (from 26.4% to 24.9%) after increasing from a base of 19.8% in 1978. • The recent marginal fall in the proportion of the workforce working long hours is unlikely to have dislodged Australia from its position near the top of international comparisons. • The actual num

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