Fact Check: South African employees work longest hours globally

Fact Check: South African employees work longest hours globally

- A recent report claimed that South Africans endure the longest work hours on a global scale

- The report, supposedly compiled by Oxford University, put forward that Mzansi ranked at the top spot when considering other nations

- Briefly.co.za explores the real facts to find out if this is truth or simply wishful thinking.

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An eNCA report claimed that South Africans - those lucky enough to have work at least - work themselves to the bone.

Allegedly compiled by the prestigious Oxford University, the report noted that Mzansi's workers pull around 2 209 hours a year on average.

Briefly.co.za explores the facts behind these claims to see if SA really is clocking more hours than anywhere else on earth.

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While the hours noted in the report were accurate two years ago, the ranking was off the mark completely, according to AfricaCheck.

The source was also incorrect, originally published by Penn World Table with a disclaimer that the information was simply a collection of available material.

The data used was taken from a collection including information on income, input and productivity.

When taking the data into consideration, citizens from both Mexico (2 255 hours) and Myanmar (2 437 hours) worked longer hours than South Africans.

Our World Data, who was cited as the source in the report, is based at Oxford University but had only provided visualisations of the statistics.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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