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Labor > Working time to buy Stats: compare key data on Switzerland & United Kingdom

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  • A car: Hours worked by average worker to buy a car. Indicative of the purchasing power of the currency of the country.
  • A refrigerator: Hours worked by average worker to buy a refrigerator. Indicative of the purchasing power of the currency of the country.
  • A television set: Hours worked by average worker to buy a television set. Indicative of the purchasing power of the currency of the country.
  • Beef: Number of minutes worked by average worker to buy one kilo of beef. The comparison of income levels only becomes meaningful if the cost of buying the necessities and luxuries of life is also considered.
  • Bread: Number of minutes worked by average worker to buy bread.
  • Chicken: Number of minutes worked by average worker to buy one kilo of chicken. The comparison of income levels only becomes meaningful if the cost of buying the necessities and luxuries of life is also considered.
  • Fish: Number of minutes worked by average worker to buy one kilo of fish. The comparison of income levels only becomes meaningful if the cost of buying the necessities and luxuries of life is also considered.
  • Milk: Number of minutes worked by average worker to buy 1 litre of milk.
STAT Switzerland United Kingdom
A car 614 hours
Ranked 16th.
956 hours
Ranked 14th. 56% more than Switzerland
A refrigerator 14 hours
Ranked 15th.
45 hours
Ranked 4th. 3 times more than Switzerland
A television set 22 hours
Ranked 10th.
28 hours
Ranked 7th. 27% more than Switzerland
Beef 102 minutes
Ranked 2nd. 96% more than United Kingdom
52 minutes
Ranked 10th.
Bread 7 minutes
Ranked 13th. 75% more than United Kingdom
4 minutes
Ranked 16th.
Chicken 22 minutes
Ranked 9th.
24 minutes
Ranked 6th. 9% more than Switzerland
Fish 64 minutes
Ranked 6th. 16% more than United Kingdom
55 minutes
Ranked 9th.
Milk 3 minutes
Ranked 13th. The same as United Kingdom
3 minutes
Ranked 12th.

SOURCES: International Metalworkers' Federation, The Purchasing Power of Working Time 2002: An International Comparison of Average Net Hourly Earnings 2001 (International Metalworkers' Federation, Geneva, 2002)

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