Two thirds of UK employees are working in excess of their contracted hours with a quarter that could be giving their employer an extra month a year.The average UK worker (36.7%) puts in over 13 extra working days a year, with two thirds (64%) admitting that they often work more than their contracted hours. What’s more, as many as one in four (24.8%) could be working an extra 34 days! That’s according to recent data from CV-Library.
Their study explored average working hours across the UK and whether the traditional 9-5 day still exists. The research revealed that over half (58.6%) of workers believe that the traditional 9-5 is an outdated concept, with the majority (49%) agreeing that this is because mobile working options mean people can work from anywhere at any time.
Other key findings include:
- Only one third (35.6%) of UK professionals still work a traditional 9-5 day
- Worryingly, as many as one in 10 (9.3%) work the full seven days in a week
- And despite 86.5% believing that every business should offer flexible working, nearly three quarters (72.7%) said they still don’t have the option to work from home
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “It’s become clear from the data that UK workers are putting in too much overtime. It’s concerning to learn that up to one in 10 are even working seven days a week! Being overworked can lead to burnout, as well as having many other negative implications for the wellbeing of workers. Though technology may be great for enabling flexible working, it could also be disturbing the work-life balance of the nation’s professionals as they continue to do work related tasks outside of office hours.
“For this reason it’s vital that professionals are thinking about their own work-life balance. Putting in the odd bit of overtime every now and then may be necessary, but as a general rule you should be able to leave your work behind you at the end of the day and take time out to re-charge. There are some simple ways you can get the balance right, not having work emails on your smartphone for example. Not only this, but when looking for a job, take into consideration companies and employers who actively encourage a good work-life balance.”
You can download the CV-Library’s full press release here.