Do you think you work overtime?

As the year closes, we often look at how many hours have we worked? Were they all completely productive? Was I always on task.

I am not here to judge you at all. All I have today is some information from the latest Census, giving a brief summary of certain occupations and their weekly working hours. This is not specific to any one individual, but gives you an idea that certain industries work longer hours than others. Whether that is a choice, or that is the way the industry needs to operate, who know? Just an interesting bit of reading I thought.

Australians doing manual labour are working the longest hours in the country, with nearly 50 per cent those employed in mining clocking up 49 hours or more per week of work.

Farmers and construction workers, including carpenters, builders and plumbers, spend the next-longest time at work, according to new census figures released on Monday.

Up to 35 per cent of those working in Australia’s fisheries, farms and forests do hours of overtime a week, while among the trades, one-in-four regularly put in up to 50-hour weeks.

Professionals, including lawyers famous for their long hours as well as accountants, have been pipped for overtime by real estate agents and others in the hiring business.

Twenty per cent of people in the rental and real estate game put in more than 49 hours of work a week, while 19 per cent of professional services did the same.

Financial services, including banks, recorded less than half the amount of overtime compared to farmers, so too did teachers and other workers in the education and training industries.

At the other end of the scale, less than 11 per cent of public servants and Australians working in hotels are working more than 49 hours per week.

By comparison, only 8 per cent of workers in Australia’s largest employer, healthcare, including doctors and nurses, recorded overtime.

Nearly 50 per cent those employed in mining clock up 49 hours or more per week of work. For those who are doing overtime they are most likely to do it between the ages of 45-54, when one in five Australians puts it in every week. Overall, men are twice as likely to do overtime as women, while the majority of women work between 25-40 hours a week.

The figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, also show Australians have either begun taking their work-life balance more seriously, or, as has been well documented, we are transitioning to more part-time work, particularly in those service industries with fewer longer hours.

There are now 34.6 per cent of people in part-time work, up from 32.5 per cent five years ago. The growth in part-time work has enabled more women to enter the workforce.

The contrast with 1966 is striking. Female employment is up from 34 per cent of all women to 56 per cent today.

But the extra time in the workforce for women is not being made up by extra hours at home for men. Women in full-time employment are twice as likely as similar men to do at least 15 hours unpaid work a week. That’s almost 20 per cent of women compared to 8 per cent of men.