Working time around the world: trends in working hours, laws and policies in a global comparative perspective
Routledge, 2007 - Business & Economics - 220 pages
This publication sets out a global comparative analysis of working time laws, policies and actual working hours; and then goes on to focus on developments in selected countries, considering both broad trends in working time at a national level and the structure and dynamics underlying these trends. Issues considered include: international standards and trends towards the development of legal hours limits and regional variations; trends in average working hours and the distribution of working hours; regulatory frameworks; the diversification of the global workforce along the lines of gender and age; the impact of the expanding service sector and the growth of the 'informal economy' on patterns of working hours, and the variations within a country and across countries. The study highlights the fact that differences in actual working hours between industrialised and developing countries remains considerable and offers some policy suggestions about how this gap can begin to be closed.
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