young scientists make an average of nearly twelve hours of Overtime per week. A survey conducted by the German centre for higher education and scientific research (DZHW), the journal “Forschung & Lehre” reported.

Scientific staff, at the beginning of their career and don’t have a doctor title, and therefore even on almost 13,5 hours per week. Your contractual working hours according to the DZHW in an average of 30 hours a week, the Postdocs at 37 hours. The latter work an average of ten hours per week to much.

The data are based on a DZHW-survey of more than 3000 employees from the non-professorial academic staff who work at nationwide are 59 different universities. The survey has already been carried out in 2016, this special analysis on the subject of Overtime has published the DZHW, however, only this week.

scientists make the most of the Overtime

most of The Overtime, therefore, to men who are employed as academic staff in part-time at German universities. You are working on average 17.5 hours per week more than paid. In the case of women in part-time, there were nearly 14.5 hours per week.

If the young scientists and young researchers aspire to a professorship, to be especially generous with their time: you have the right to make evaluation more likely to work Overtime as a scientist, if there is a function in the science, or to a Job in the economy.

it is Clear there are also differences between the individual subjects. Scientists are, according to the DZHW with 14 hours of Overtime a week at the top. Among Engineering scientists at the end of the ranking, on average, nine hours per week.

This, however, are still more than twice as many Overtime hours as those that occur in the total population, on average, Each employee in Germany, accumulating close to four hours of Overtime per week.


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