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Working Hours Increase in Line With Rising Workloads Says Robert Walters

Working Hours Increase in Line With Rising Workloads Says Robert Walters

Professionals are working longer hours than they were two years ago, according to the Robert Walters Career Lifestyle Survey.

The survey reveals that 82% now work 40 hours or more per week (compared to 68% in 2011) and 28% now work 50 hours or more per week (compared to 19% in 2011).

Marketers have seen the biggest jump in their working hours, with 38% now working at least 50-hour weeks (compared to 24% in 2011), although increases are also evident among accountants (20% to 26%), lawyers (30% to 38%), HR professionals (26% to 27%), IT specialists (19% to 20%) and secretarial professionals (7% to 12%).

Overall, sales professionals are currently the hardest workers according to our survey, with these individuals working 47.9 hours on average per week. This compares to a national average of people in working in full-time positions of 44.6 hours. Next in line are financial services operations professionals (46.2 hours), lawyers (45.9 hours), tax specialists (45.8 hours) and marketers (45.6 hours).

In addition, it also shows that the biggest earners work the longest hours. To illustrate this point, individuals earning a basic salary of more than &pound130k work 50.3 hours on average per week, compared to 49.6 hours for those earning &pound116 – 130k, 45.1 hours for those earning &pound41 – 55k and 42.8 hours for those earning &pound25 – 40k.

However, few are provided with any additional benefits for working more than their contracted hours, with only a fifth (21%) claiming they receive any formal overtime recognition.

Chris Hickey, CEO of UK Recruitment at Robert Walters, comments: “The fact that working hours have increased over the last two years highlights how teams are being placed under greater pressure and workloads are rising, seemingly at all levels and across all disciplines.

“With most professionals typically placing a strong emphasis on work-life balance, this trend presents a challenge for employers. Businesses that continue to demand more from their staff without adequately compensating them may find retaining their strongest performers challenging.”


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