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It is not Colombia: this is the Latin American country where people work the fewest hours per week

It is not Colombia: this is the Latin American country where people work the fewest hours per week

In most nations of Latin America, the working day is usually 48 hours a week, a big difference if we compare it with European countries, where people work around 40 hours for the same period of time. However, more and more Latin territories are proposing new legislation that aims to make people work less time.

Below, we detail which country has the shortest work day, which increases the employee’s leisure or family time. In addition, we show you the ranking of the rest of the nations in the region based on data from the International Labor Organization (ILO) and in local legislation.

In which Latin country do you work the fewest hours per week?

In the labor aspect of Latin America, some countries are leading the progress for the benefit of workers, since Guyana, Ecuador, and recently Chile They have a working day of 40 hours a week.

The next country on the list is Venezuelawhich proposes 44 hours of work a week for its citizens, the same for Brazil, where, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the unemployment rate has been reducing and stands at 7.5 %.

Ranking of working hours per week by country

  • Guyana: 40 hours
  • Ecuador: 40 hours
  • Chile: 40 hours
  • Venezuela: 44 hours
  • Brazil: 44 hours
  • Colombia: 47 hours *
  • Peru: 48 hours
  • Bolivia: 48 hours
  • Paraguay: 48 hours
  • Argentina: 48 hours
  • Uruguay: 48 hours.

*In Colombia, the recent Law 2101 established a gradual de-escalation in working time in order to achieve a 42-hour work week. So far, the first reduction has been made to 47 hours in July 2023, and in July 2024 another reduction will be made to 46 hours.

What is the trend in working hours in Latin America?

The trend in Latin America points towards a gradual transformation in working time. Countries like Ecuador and Chile are leading the way by adopting 40-hour work days, aligning with international standards. This evolution suggests a growing importance on work-life balance, challenging long-held traditions and marking a cultural shift in the region.

Source: Larepublica

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