Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) Employees in Taiwan worked an average of 2,104 hours last year, the fourth longest in the international community, according to the latest data published by the Ministry of Labor.
According to the ministry, this represented a fall of 31 hours from the previous year as a result of which Taiwan fell from third to fourth place in the international rankings.
The data showed that both overtime and regular working hours in Taiwan fell in 2015, with the cut in overtime hours as high as 3.5 percent.
Employees in Asian countries such as South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan tend to work longer hours than their contemporaries in Europe and the United States.
Working time in Singapore was the longest in 2015 at 2,371 hours, followed by Mexico with 2,246 hours, South Korea with 2,113 hours and Taiwan at 2,104 hours.
Average working time in Japan and the United States was between 1,700 and 1,800 hours, while in European countries such as France, the Netherlands and Germany it was generally less than 1,500 hours.
The ministry said Taiwanese work longer hours for two reasons; Firstly, the nation has fewer part-time workers than other countries and secondly Taiwan has a different corporate culture with many employees choose to not take all their alloted leave days.
(By Yu Hsiao-han and Lilian Wu)