Raiffeisenbank: Czechs work 41.1 hours per week on average

People in the Czech Republic worked an average of 41.1 hours per week last year, according to a study by Raiffeisenbank, with entrepreneurs clocking in about five hours more per week than employees.

In 2003, the average Czech worked a 42-hour week. Raiffeisenbank said the reduction stems from a campaign by trade unions launched last spring to reduce the standard hours to 37.5 per week.

Raiffeisenbank said any official reduction in the workweek would hurt the Czech economy rather than further reduce unemployment.

Author: Brian Kenety