Working Hours Survey

We recently surveyed a sample of our 97,000 LinkedIn followers on their working hours

Overwhelmingly, people told us that they are expected to work longer hours than the recommended 8 hours per day

This is not their choice, and it is not paid for, but due to the demands of the job and the expectations that their employers place on them

53% of respondents are hoping to change their job in 2019.

The Results

How many hours a day do you work on average?

less than 8 hours


8-11 hours


11+ hours



Do you need to work evenings/weekends to keep on top of your workload?





Most of the time


Yes, all of the time 



Are you paid extra for working overtime?






Why do you work so many hours?

My company is generally understaffed


To show my boss that I am a hard worker


I am unable to delegate the work as the staff are not strong enough


It is the industry norm to work long hours



What is your current gross salary?

AED 5-9K/month


AED 10-19K/month


AED 20-29K/month


AED 30-44K/month


AED 45-64K/month


AED 65K+/month



Are you generally happy in your job?

Yes, most of the time


Half of the time


No, I want to find something better


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