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Hours worked is the amount of time a person spends at work in a week in employment/self-employment. It may apply to hours actually worked in a week or hours usually worked per week, and the National Health Labour Force Collection collects hours usually worked. It includes all paid and unpaid overtime less any time off.

It also:

  • includes travel to home visits or calls out
  • excludes other time travelling between work locations
  • excludes unpaid professional and/or voluntary activities.

Total hours worked is the amount of time spent at work in all jobs.

As well as total hours worked, for some professions the National Health Labour Force Collection asks for hours worked in each of the main job, second job and third job. Hours worked for each of these is the amount of time spent at work in each job.


Data Element (this item)


This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Total hours NNN ".
Data Type String
Format NNN
Maximum character length 3
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Supplementary Values 999 Not stated/inadequately described



Health labour force

It is often argued that health professionals contribute a considerable amount of time to voluntary professional work and that this component needs to be identified. This should be considered as an additional item, and kept segregated from data on paid hours worked.


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Inclusion in Data Set Specifications 2
Inclusion in Data Distributions 0
As a numerator in an Indicator 5
As a denominator in an Indicator 0
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0