8th April 2021 – (Hong Kong) Recently, the US mobile phone security technology company Kisi announced the 2020 “Work-life balance Cities Ranking” involving 50 cities around the world. By comparing data on work intensity, legislation, and livability, study reveals a ranking of cities based on their success in promoting work-life balance to their citizens, and how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This index is not designed to be a city livability index, nor is it intended to highlight the best cities to work in; instead, it is an indicator of a city’s ability to provide a healthy work-life balance for its residents, while providing opportunities to relieve work-related stress. To begin the study, a list of in-demand metropolises worldwide with sufficient, reliable, and relevant datasets were selected. Fifty cities were finalised to include those known for attracting professionals and families for their work opportunities and diverse lifestyle offerings, as well as those which frequently top liveability indexes.
As a result, Hong Kong ranked 6th in the overall ranking, and because 29.9% of people work more than 48 hours a week, Hong Kong ranked first in the global overworked city project. The ranking is divided into 4 parts based on work pressure, social security, urban livability, and COVID-19 epidemic, and then divided into weekly working hours, proportion of overworked population, medical security, outdoor space, air pollution index and estimated unemployment rate. After 19 items are aggregated, the Work-life balance index of 50 cities is obtained. The higher the score, the more work-life balance is achieved. The overall score of Hong Kong is 57.8, ranking 45th. In terms of the proportion of overworked population, as many as 29.9% of Hong Kong people work more than 48 hours a week, so they rank first in the “Global Overworked Cities” followed by Singapore, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo.
The top 3 best cities to achieve ‘Work-Life Balance’ are Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen.