Thirty-six per cent of employed young Cypriots work at weekends in 2016, 29% in the EU

Twenty-nine per cent of employed persons in the EU, aged 20 to 34 years (young employed), and 36% in Cyprus usually worked at the weekends in 2016, according to Eurostat.

Almost half of young employed in Greece (47%) reported working on weekends in 2016. More than a third of young people employed in Italy regularly worked on weekends (40%), closely followed by Ireland (38%), Cyprus and the Netherlands (both 36%), Spain (35%) and the United Kingdom (34%). By contrast, Hungary recorded the lowest proportion of young employed working on weekends (11%), followed by Portugal (12%), Poland (13%), the Czech Republic and Croatia (both 18%).

The lowest proportion of young employed who work on weekends is among persons with tertiary education (20%). However, those with tertiary education are also most likely to work long hours, defined as 49 hours or more per week (8%).

At EU level, young employed with a low level of education (lower secondary or below) are most likely to work on weekends (37%), followed by those with a medium level of education, defined as upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education (33%).

There are only minor differences between those with medium level general qualifications and those with medium level vocational qualifications. The lowest proportion of young employed who work on weekends is among those with tertiary education (20%). Young employed with tertiary education were least likely to work on weekends in all EU Member States except Portugal.

Source: Cyprus News Agency