Full-Time Jobs With Shortest and Longest Hours

The Top 10 From Each

Full-Time Jobs With Shortest and Longest Hours


  By Mark Swartz
Monster Contributing Writer

Canadian full-time employees report that, on average, they are spending more time doing work than twenty years ago. Unfortunately a good deal of this extra time is unpaid. And a growing amount of it is done from home, after hours.
The average salaried workweek in Canada is about 36.6 hours, according to Statistics Canada (StatCan). This number varies by gender, age and region, and doesn’t include overtime.
Some industries have longer standard hours, while others have fewer. Have a look below to see which sectors have the shortest or lengthiest workweeks.
Demographic Differences In Hours Worked Per Week
Men tend to have longer salaried workweeks than women. On average men spend 39 hours at work, while a woman’s job lasts 33.2 hours a week. Remember that this doesn’t include unpaid overtime or chores done at home.
In terms of age, youth aged 15 to 24 spend the least time on the job, working 28.3 hours on average per week. People over age 55 also spend less time at work. It’s the core 25-54 year old cohort that’s putting in the bulk of hours.
Regionally there are differences too. Weekly hours of work ranged between a low of 35.4 in Quebec, and a high of 39.0 in Alberta. Perhaps it’s true after all that people in Quebec “work to live,” while those in other provinces “live to work.”
Top 10 Industries With The Shortest Full-Time Work Hours
If it’s worklife balance you seek, consider working in one of the following industry sectors. Their average workweeks are as follows:
Industry Sector                                               Avg. Workweek Hours
Education Services                                                    32.9
Social Assistance                                                      33.0
Ambulatory Healthcare Services                               33.2
Forestry Support Activities                                        33.6
Broadcasting (except Internet)                                  33.7
Social Assistance                                                      33.7
Grant Making (civic)                                                   33.9
Public Administration (government jobs)                    34.0
Heritage Institutions                                                    34.1                            
Personal and Laundry Services                                 34.3
Top 10 Industries With The Longest Full-Time Work Hours
There are sectors where longer than normal hours are expected. These are the 10 that lead the list, according to StatCan:
Industry Sector                                               Avg. Workweek Hours
Oil and Gas                                                                 42.4
Paper Manufacturing                                                  41.9
Rail Transportation                                                     41.6
Vehicle Parts Distributors                                           41.3
Mining and Quarrying                                                 40.9
Truck Transportation                                                  40.7
Metal Manufacturing                                                   40.6
Furniture Manufacturing                                             40.4
Electronics/Appliance Stores                                     40.3                            
Petroleum Wholesalers                                               40.1

Your Commute Is Part Of Your Workweek Too

Beyond the time you spend working for your employer, there’s the time it takes you to get there and back. Commuting can add extra hours to your daily routine.
StatCan says that a typical one-way commute takes 26 minutes per workday. Hence the average Canadian worker spends more than 220 hours a year behind the wheel of a car, sitting on public transit, riding a bike or depending on their own two feet to get to and from their jobs.
Canada’s most populated centres experience the lengthiest travel times to earn a living.
Toronto claims the longest commute times in the country. The average worker there requires 66 minutes to get to work and back each day (that’s if you’re lucky), with Montreal at 62 minutes, and Vancouver at 60 minutes.
Percent of Time Spent Working
Another way of showing how much time Canadians spend working is to measure how many hours a year Canadians are doing paid work, compared to the total number of hours available to them (365 days x 24 hours x total population).
This provides a measure of how much paid work time is used to support and sustain the whole society. Recent figures show that of all the time available to Canadians, 10.0% was spent on paid work. This is an increase of about 1.3 percentage points, since 1976, when the figure was 8.7%.
Hours Of Work Can Be Deceptive
You probably know a teacher who gets their summer off of work. It may make you envious. Don’t forget though that during the school year, they’re busy planning lessons, educating our children, marking papers, and attending professional development sessions.
Maybe you have a lawyer in your circle. While you’re home eating dinner or spending time with loved ones, that lawyer may be burning the midnight oil again, churning out those “billable hours” their firm demands of them.
The teacher may generally earn less than the lawyer. But who is ultimately happier? That depends on your own personal values. Life balance, or a bigger house? Time to unwind, or thriving on constant stress? Try not to forget what’s truly important to you and those you surround yourself with.