Singapore is the second hardest-working city in the Asia-Pacific region behind Tokyo, reveals Instant Offices analysis

Unidentified businessmen crossing the street in Singapore. (Image by Joyfull /

After analysing data on 40 international cities, global serviced office provider Instant Offices have provided a work intensity score index on the most hard-working Asia-Pacific cities, taking into account several factors per city, including the length of commute, arrival time at work, hours worked per week, and vacation days taken.

With employees working some of the longest average weekly hours overall, the findings of the analysis revealed that Tokyo is the hardest-working city in the Asia-Pacific region, with Singapore close behind in second place, and Kuala Lumpur in third.

Kuala Lumpur has the longest working week of all the cities surveyed (46 hours/week), with Singapore taking the second spot in the list (44.6 hours/week).

Additionally, Tokyo has the longest daily commutes on the list (51 minutes), while Singapore takes the second spot once again (44.5 minutes).

However, Singapore tops the list on having the most workers clocking in more than 48 hours a week (23%), with Kuala Lumpur narrowly falling short (22%).

Meanwhile, things are a little bit more laid back in Australia, with Sydney and Melbourne workers putting in 39.8 hours a week and enduring significantly shorter commutes than their neighbours in Asia.

The Impact of Tech on Productivity

Businesses across the APAC region are also driving digital transformation efforts in the workplace, with the primary goal of improving employee productivity and streamlining operations. There is a strong focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and automation when it comes to boosting productivity levels.

According to Gartner, the augmentation of AI technology is expected to generate $2.9 trillion in business value in 2021, while also recovering 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity.

“It’s interesting to note that demand for flexible workspace in APAC outstripped global markets in 2018, which suggests a future cultural shift towards more agile and flexible working arrangements. By cutting down on commuting times and reducing overheads, APAC companies could leverage the flex workspace trend to boost productivity even further,” commented John Williams, Head of Marketing at Instant Offices.

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