The data corresponds with research that showed employment in Germany rose 1.5% during the third quarter of 2017 compared with the same quarter last year.

“The upward trend in the volume of work is due to the rapidly increasing number of employees,” Enzo Weber, head of the IAB Research Division, Forecasts and Macroeconomic Analysis, said.

According to data from the IAB, the average working time per employee was 345.1 hours in the third quarter of 2017, this was down 0.3% compared to the third quarter of 2016. With 64.8 potential working days, there was one less day in the third quarter of 2017 than in the same quarter of the previous year.

The number of paid and unpaid overtime hours, at 5.3 and 5.7 overtime hours per quarter respectively, is at the same level as a year earlier.

Meanwhile, full-time employees worked an average 38 hours while part-time employees worked 17 hours, per week. For full-time employees, the standard working hours were virtually the same, while for part-time employees, they increased by 1%, year-on-year. The number of part-time employees rose by 2.1% while the number of full-time employees grew by 1.5% compared to the same quarter last year.