Work Hours in a Year

The working hours of employees are not the same in all countries, not even within the country itself, where they can vary greatly depending on the union in which we work and the collective agreement that our company has. For what documentation, we probably need to know not only our daily work, but our annual workday, so we will show you how to calculate it in this article.

Steps to follow:

1. The annual workday is the calculation of the total number of hours that a worker has been performing his activity over a year. According to the Collective Agreement that protects you, there will be a maximum of annual hours of work. If you exceed these hours, you will be entitled to the corresponding compensation.

2. To calculate it, we will have to take into account:

• Total days of the year, 365 or 366 if it is leap year.
• Non-work days, which will vary depending on the activity we perform, and which must be stipulated in our employment contract.

3. For non-work days we will consider those that are made for a typical office schedule, which is distributed as follows approximately:

• 52 Saturdays and 52 Sundays.
• 16 holidays between local, national and Christmas.
• Free days, variable according to our contract, usually 3.
• Holiday days, also variable, we will take on average 25.

This gives us a total of 148 non-working days throughout the year.

4. From the previous section we can deduce that, then, a year generally has 217 business days, an amount that will vary depending on the activity and the type of contract.

5. Finally, to know the annual workday the calculation is as simple as multiplying the duration of our usual workday by the total working days.

That is, if we have a typical 8-hour work day, the operation we will have to do is 217×8 = 1736 hours as an annual working day.

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