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Overworked workers get no family time

Update: July, 03/2015 - 09:12

A Jobstreet survey in Viet Nam has found that 71 per cent of workers do not have enough time for their family because of working overtime. — Photo hoahoctro.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — A Jobstreet survey in Viet Nam has found that 71 per cent of workers do not have enough time for their family because of working overtime.

Around 80 per cent work two to five hours after normal working hours to finish their jobs though only 43 per cent are paid for it.

Only 4 per cent of the 3,349 workers polled said they spend more than 10 hours a day with their family.

Most of those working overtime get less than VND1 million (US$46) a month, 32 per cent get VND3-5 million ($138-230), 8 per cent get VND5-10 million ($230-460), and 7 per cent, more than VND10 million.

Fifty six per cent said they do not feel "uncomfortable" working overtime if they get benefits like advancement opportunities, payment, or time off in lieu.

In comparison to other countries in the region like Malaysia, Vietnamese workers seem to be addicted to working, the survey said.

Most Vietnamese said they do overtime to earn more money though 30 per cent said they do it "spontaneously".

However, 44 per cent said they are stressed and not happy to do "too much" overtime, and a full 80 per cent are ready to move if it means a better work-life balance. — VNS

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