POLICY STUDY ON STANDARD WORKING HOURS

The Labour Department has completed the policy study on standard working hours (SWH). The study aims to provide a solid and objective basis for an informed and in-depth discussion on the important subject of SWH, and stimulate the exchange of views among people from different sectors for reference and follow-up by the Standard Working Hours Committee.

   

 The policy study covers the following three major areas:

the regimes and experience of other places in regulating working hours;

the latest working hours situation of employees in various sectors of Hong Kong; and

assessment of the possible impact of introducing SWH in Hong Kong.

The report, executive summary and overview of the policy study on SWH are given below:

Report of the
Policy Study on
Standard Working Hours
(pdf)

 

Report of the
Policy Study on
Standard Working Hours –
Executive Summary
(pdf)

 

Policy Study on
Standard Working Hours –
Overview
(pdf)

Working hours policy is a highly complex and contentious subject which involves a myriad of interrelated social and economic issues. Given the widespread and far-reaching implications that it will bring to our labour market and economy, it is necessary for the community to examine and discuss these issues thoroughly before coming to a view on the matter.

The Government has set up the Standard Working Hours Committee comprising members drawn from the labour sector, business sector, academia, community and government which serves as a good platform to follow up on the policy study on SWH and to gauge the views of the community.