A 9.7% of employed people in Cyprus (7% in the EU) worked long hours (working usually 49 hours or more per week) in their main job in 2022 according to data published by Eurostat, the statistical service of the European Union. Cyprus also had the third-largest percentage among all member states.
A higher rate of self-employed people worked long hours (30% of total self-employed people) compared with employees (4% of total employees).
Furthermore, long working hours were more common among skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (28% of total skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers) and managers (24%) compared with any other major occupational group (all with less than 8%).
Across the EU countries, Greece had the highest share of workers with long hours (12.6%), followed by France (10.2%) and Cyprus (9.7%).
Meanwhile, the lowest rates were recorded in Bulgaria (0.7^%), Lithuania (0.8%) and Latvia (1.3%).