4 Countries Where Women Work More Than Men

In most places and countries around the world, men constitute a larger portion of the task force and tend to work for longer hours than their female counterparts.

However, this is not always the case. There are in fact a few countries that have women working on average longer hours than men. In this article, I will explore those countries and try to understand what is happening there.

Data Source

The data has been taken from a recent survey by SalaryExplorer that involved 200,000+ employees and professionals from 100+ countries. The participants answered different career questions. Among the questions asked was how many hours you work in a day and how many days in a week. The number of weekly hours was calculated accordingly.

The data comes directly from the employees themselves and it is not a curation of companies or government data, which I think is more authentic in painting an accurate picture.

Because not all countries have been surveyed, this list is by no means exhaustive. There may be other countries out there that have women working more than men.

The Four countries Where Women Work more than men.

Nepal, Tanzania, Slovenia, and Jamaica.

Nepal

Topping the list is Nepal. I was expecting to see an underdeveloped country up there, so this did not come as a big surprise to me. The average weekly worked hours for women in Nepal was 46.5 hours, meanwhile, men worked 44.1 hours on average. This puts Nepal on the top of the list with a 2.4 hours difference in favor of men.

Tanzania

Second on the list was Tanzania. Women worked 53.1 hours on average, 1.6 hours more than men, who work 51 hours in a week on average. In undeveloped economies where unemployment rates are high, crafts become a primary source of income, something women do more than men.

Slovenia

In very narrow third place came Slovenia. I have no idea how to explain this but the fact remains that women in Slovenia work 1.5 hours more than their male counterparts in a week on average.

Jamaica

The fourth and final country on this list is Jamaica. Jamaica is well known for its production of traditional iconic clothing. A lot of women work in clothing factories, which helps in understanding the state of the task force there.

Countries where women work almost as much as men

I decided to consider women to be working as men when the difference between worked hours in a week was less than one. Twenty-five countries belonged to this list: Slovakia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Poland, Greece, Switzerland, Philippines, Indonesia, Ghana, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam, Iran, Morocco, Sweden, Portugal, Mauritius, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Romania, Ireland, Malta, Germany, and Belgium.

No surprise that many members of this group are European countries, given how relatively women and men are equal in Europe. Note the existence of many south Asian countries with the likes of Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

The average normal countries

This is the list of countries where men worked up to five hours more than women, which is what would be normally expected. Forty-four countries belong to the list. Please see the full table below for more details. Those are the countries labeled with <2, <3, <4, and <5 in the difference column.

Countries where men work considerably more than women

Members of this list include countries where men work at least five hours more than women in a week. Topping the list as the country with the highest workload discrepancy is Algeria, where men work at least 7 hours more than their female counterparts. The rest of the countries are South Korea, Uganda, Fiji, Australia, Japan, Argentina, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, and Serbia.

Notice the existence of the three industrial and technologically advanced nations of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in the list of the countries with the highest workload discrepancy. What can we possibly make of that?

The full list of countries with average weekly hours by gender and the difference between the two figures.

CountryDifferenceMenWomen
Nepal-24446
Tanzania-15253
Slovenia-14344
Jamaica-14344
Slovakia<14141
Bulgaria<14141
Brazil<14343
Poland<14141
Greece<14444
Switzerland<14242
Philippines<14444
Indonesia<14242
Ghana<14646
Myanmar<14444
Malaysia<14444
Vietnam<14444
Iran<14646
Morocco<14343
Sweden<14141
Portugal<14141
Mauritius<14444
Czech Republic<14141
Hong Kong<14444
Sri Lanka<14545
Romania<14141
Ireland<14241
Malta<14343
Germany<14141
Belgium<14141
Lithuania<24140
Austria<24140
France<24241
Denmark<24140
Norway<24039
Spain<24140
Kenya<24746
Tunisia<24241
Singapore<24443
Netherlands<24140
Hungary<24140
Italy<24241
United Kingdom<24241
China<24342
Bahrain<24746
Finland<34139
Russia<34240
Thailand<34543
Chile<34442
Kuwait<34644
South Africa<34442
Canada<34240
United States<34442
Turkey<34543
Ukraine<34442
Cyprus<34342
Lebanon<34644
Mexico<34644
Egypt<34442
United Arab Emirates<44845
Luxembourg<44340
Jordan<44643
Croatia<44441
Azerbaijan<44441
Saudi Arabia<44744
Nigeria<55046
Qatar<54945
Oman<54743
Brunei<54945
Namibia<54642
Bangladesh<54743
Botswana<55248
New Zealand<54339
Pakistan<54844
Serbia5+4641
Trinidad and Tobago5+5045
Taiwan5+4540
Argentina5+4438
Japan5+4236
Australia5+4539
Fiji5+4640
Uganda5+5044
Korea (South)6+4537
Algeria7+4738