Vox Pop

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 August, 2007, 12:00am

A survey by the University of Hong Kong showed that Hong Kong employees work an average of 51.3 hours per week, 25 per cent longer than the hours suggested by the International Labour Organisation. The long working hours affect family life and the health of working people. Classified Post asked Hongkongers what they thought of their working hours.

'My original working hours are from 9.30am to 5.30pm. However, I often have to work overtime until after nine o'clock. The workload is way too heavy and I have no choice but to leave late. I may consider switching to another job.' Michael Kwok Chi-chung, finance

'I work from noon to 11pm, six days a week. That is 66 hours of work every week. It is long and tough, but this is a career which I chose and I already knew of the extended working hours before I was enrolled. However, I do wish the working hours could be trimmed to nine hours a day.'

Joe Chan, consultant

'I work 51/2 days a week on a shift duty basis. Every shift lasts for nine hours. That is about 49 hours of work per week. The shift can be any time between eight in the morning and 11 in the evening. I think the working time is acceptable.' Law Ka-man, fitness trainer

'The working hours stated in my contract are from 9am to 6pm five days per week. However, I usually don't leave until eight or nine o'clock. There is just too much to do. If there are events or exhibitions on weekends I have to work. The hours are too long.' Holly Li Hoi-ling, public relations