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Taiwan placed 4th in the world in total hours worked, Singapore ranked 1st

Workers in Taiwan accumulated more working hours than other countries according to the international labor statistics published by the Ministry of Labor (MOL).

Taiwan toiled a total of 2,021 average hours worked in 2020 which is notable decrease in average hours worked within the workforce in all surveyed countries compared to last year.

Singapore placed first with 2,288 hours logged by its workers in 2020 among among 40 economies surveyed, followed by Columbia (2,172 hours) and Mexico (2,124 hours).

In Asia, apart from Singapore and Taiwan, South Korea and Japan were next with an average of 1,908 hours and 1,598 hours clocked repectively.

The fall was mainly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of subsequent measures, such as lockdowns according to Huang Wei-chen, head of the MOL's Department of Labor Standards and Equal Employment.

Due to the effects of the global pandemic, it is likely that more people have been forced to take on part-time jobs, Huang added. (Photo Reuters)

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