Frankfurt/M. According to a survey, people in Germany want ever shorter working hours. Even if that meant a loss of salary. According to this, men would prefer to work only 36 hours a week on average.
This is the lowest value since at least 2000, according to an evaluation by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) for the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. The information relates to the latest available year 2018.
According to the information, there is a clear downward trend. In 2007 the men wanted 39 hours of work. The preferred working hours of women are also falling. It was last at 29.5 hours. In 2011 it was more than 31 hours.
It was not until Saturday morning that employers and unions in the north-west German metal industry agreed on a collective agreement: It enables the additional money paid to be used to secure jobs and to convert it into free time.
According to the newspaper, when women wanted to work shorter hours, the differences between the sexes shrank: in 2000, women wanted to work nine hours less than men, now it is only six and a half hours less.
The information comes from the socio-economic panel (SOEP), for which around 30,000 people in Germany are surveyed each year. It is the largest and oldest survey of its kind in the world. The full question is: “If you could choose the amount of time you worked, taking into account that your earnings would change with the hours, how many hours a week would you most like to work?”