Working hours and time off work
This factsheet was last updated in January 2014.
Trends in UK working hours
According to the Office for National Statistics, full-time workers average around 39.1 hours per week (including overtime) and part-time workers average around 18.1 hours per week. By EU standards this is a high proportion of ‘long hours’ workers, though other developed countries such as Australia, Japan and the United States have more than the UK. A recent report confirms that the UK is amongst the countries that work the longest hours.
Our report, Working hours in the recession, found that the number of long-hour workers has started to rise again following the loss of nearly 1 million jobs and a shift to part-time working since the start of the economic downturn.
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