So these past months I've been working pretty hard by my own standards. As the manager of a project with a deadline I've been spending 40 hours a week on average for 18 weeks straight actually doing work (i.e. we're talking efficient hours, not time spent e.g. foruming while at the office). A while back I was feeling sorry for myself for being overworked when my favorite Canadian pointed out that I actually have it pretty good, internationally speaking, which Wikipedia confirms (see attached figure). IIRC, I briefly resented the pity party pooper, rejoining that he sure was able to spend a lot of time foruming for someone who was supposedly working even harder than me.
As my long, paid vacation draws closer, however, I find that I am able to approach this question more rationally, by which I mean that I am turning to the totally representative sample on this internet forum for data!
What job do you hold, how many hours do you spend in an average week actually doing work, and how many weeks off do you get each year?