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Xinhua: Seventy Percent of Chinese Workers Take Overtime

Xinhua recently reported on a national survey on how the Chinese work force population spent its work and leisure time. The survey covered the two year period of 2011 and 2012. The results showed that 69.4 percent of the work force worked some amount of overtime. A total of 24 percent of the people surveyed worked 51 to 70 hours per week. Only 30.4 percent of the work force actually enjoyed an 8-hour work day. A 41.1 percent share of the entire sample surveyed had less than 10 hours of “leisure time” per week. 46.8 percent of the people surveyed stated that they had suffered a decline in available “leisure time.” 5.1 percent of the sample said they had “nearly no leisure time.” The weekly “leisure time” total actually declined over the past three years. Experts expressed the belief that the survey reflected that people are under significant pressure at work. The primary cause of the high pressure is the economic growth model.
Source: Xinhua, October 14, 2012