Average working hours in Ireland have fallen considerably over the last 30 years. Whereas Irish workers averaged around 44 hours a week back in 1983, they averaged about 34 hours in 2012.
Part of the decline is due to an exodus from full-time farming jobs (farmers usually report longer working hours than any other occupation).
Meanwhile, part-time jobs have been growing at a faster pace than overall employment -- a trend that could be partly due workers' own preferences, but also due to a weaker job market.
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