Working time statistics relate to statistics on the hours of work and on the scheduling of these hours.

The hours of work relates to any period of time spent on activities which contribute to the production of goods and services.

The scheduling of the hours of work relates to the periods during the day, week or month when work is done: whether in the morning, afternoon, evening, from Monday to Friday, on weekends, as overtime, etc.

The scheduling of the hours of work can be combined with the hours of work and information on their fixed or variable nature to derive a vast number of different working time arrangements, which relate to schedules that are different from regular full-time working schedules, i.e., where workers are required by their employer or choose (a) to work less or more than full-time, (b) only part of the year, (c) only part of the week, (d) at night, (e) on weekends, (f) to enter or exit at different times (g) and/or to have variable daily or weekly schedules as part of flexible schedules or as part of “annualised” working schemes, which fix working time over a long period of one year, allowing weekly schedules to vary.

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