You may have noticed it, in Brazilians work about 44 hours per week, way above the European average. However Brazil is facing some difficulties to be part of the world’s richest nations. Unqualified workers? Lack of productivity? Speak Portuguese Brazil gives you a summary of the OECD report on the topic.
Education level is still low in Brazil
The latest OECD report shows there is still a long way to go if Brazil wants to join the figures of « developed countries » in term of education. Indeed only 43% of Brazilians between 25 and 64 years old have a high school degree. This is far from OECD countries 75%) and the neighbor Chile (72%). Unfortunately progress is very slow, as only 57% of people between 25 to 34% have high school degrees, against the international average of 82%.
Furthermore, Brazil is in the last countries in the PISA classification which compares academic results of 15 years old students from 36 countries. Brazil’s grade is 406, under the average of 497 and very far from the champions Japan with 538 and Finland with 529.
A low productivity for long days of work
According to the study “Live better” on June 9th 2014, which includes 36 countries, Brazil has 11% of its population working more than 50 hours a week, which gives Brazil the 11th position out of 36 countries. However it is one of the least productive countries. Thus the problem is not in the number of hours worked, but in the productivity at work.
Even though it is the world’s seventh economy (according to the World Bank), Brazil is 79th in term of productivity per worker.
A better Life quality in Brazil:
Amongst all the OECD countries, Brazil has the second worse life expectancy, 73 years old in Brazil against 80 in average, just behind Russia. Moreover the country has the worse public security of all. But one strange stat is that Brazil is the 13th country in terms of public satisfaction, Brazilians are happier than Germans or Spaniards concerning their living standards.
According to Anthony Gooch, communication director of the OECD, this can be explained by the optimistic mentality of Latin American people, who tend to express more feelings than other populations and who nurture a better relationship with others. That’s why we all love Brazil right?