Table 2

Usual working hours (annually) in the main job and scores of the Short Form 36 (SF-36) Mental Component Summary (MCS), observations for persons included in the analytic data set, by gender, and occupational skill level, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) study, 2001–2012*

Mean MCS (SD)Low % (observations=13 115)Med % (observations=16 350)High % (observations=17 382)Total % (observations=46 847)
Male
 34 or under50.0 (9.30)30.9615.212.2918.53
 35–4050.1 (9.02)33.5644.4730.6136.27
 41–4850.3 (8.64)14.5619.219.5818.04
 49–5950.2 (8.64)11.8514.1522.7716.7
 60 and over50.0 (9.41)9.086.9814.7610.45
Female
 34 or under48.4 (9.87)71.6853.3137.4351.38
 35–4048.7 (9.65)21.1535.9332.9531.75
 41–4848.8 (9.64)3.856.9813.138.56
 49–5948.1 (10.19)2.282.8410.935.67
 60 and over48.7 (9.86)1.050.945.562.64
  • *Notes: low=low occupational skill (sales, machinery workers, and labourers); medium=medium occupational skill (technical and trade workers, community and personal service workers, and clerical and admin workers); high=high occupational skill (managers and professionals).