Much controversy led to the passage of a law on shortening working hours in Columbia in Congress.

What is happening is The working day starts from 48 to 42 hours a week gradually: Its implementation will begin in 2023, and by 2026 the works will have to be completed within the agreed deadline.

(Read: Reducing Hours: Will It Affect Contributions and Retirement Weeks?).

After approval in approval CongressThe law should move to conciliation and then presidential sanction, becoming formal law.

Commercially, the project has been criticized. Ni Andy and Akobe They insisted that this is not something that helps create jobs and Finalco He said that labor costs for employers will increase by 20%.

(See Entrepreneurs’ Criticisms in the Brief Action Day.)

There are doubts about wages on the part of the employees Insurance and Social Security contributions, but none of this will be affected. .

Jaime Alberto Caballe, president of Fenalco, said reducing the schedule would generate 20% of the cost.

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But how is Colombia today in relation to other countries in terms of working hours?

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The reports you submitted organisation Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) In recent years, they have pointed out that Colombia is one of the countries that, on average, work more per week.

(See the Fast Food Act passed in Congress.)

Currently, as mentioned earlier, the average working hours in the country are 48 hours per person per week, as is the case in Turkey and Mexico.

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On the other hand, South Africa is a bit lower, with an average of 45 hours.

There are countries where working hours are less than 35 hours per week.


Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil, Uruguay, Israel, Poland and Hungary are some of the places where an employee spends the average working day, 40 hours a week.

Argentina, UK, Austria, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and South Korea have weekly distributions between 35 and 38 working hours.

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35 hours Below are the Netherlands, Chile, Paraguay, Norway and Denmark.