Working hours and time off work
This factsheet was last updated in January 2015.
Trends in UK working hours
According to the Office for National Statistics, full-time workers average around 39.2 hours per week.
Our Megatrends report Are we working harder than ever? found that although employees feel they are working harder, it is not because they are working longer hours. Average hours worked per year have been falling for decades. The proportion of employees that usually work over 45 hours each week has fallen from 26% in 1997 to under 20% in 2013.
According to our recent report Employment regulation and the labour market, the average weekly hours worked by employees in the UK is in line with the OECD average. However, the UK does have a comparatively high proportion of long hours jobs.
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