Ah, the joys of work.
If it’s not all the germs in your office making you sick, it’s all the money we’re losing by working overtime unpaid or it’s hearing all the office buzzwords that people really need to stop saying. Well, we thought we’d deliver you some even more good news (lol).
Apparently Londoners are working 100 extra hours a year.
New data from The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that Londoners on average are working 33 hour weeks – which is the longest since the financial crisis back in 2008.
This is compared to the average working week in the UK which is 31 hours. The extra two hours that residents in the capital are working add up to 100 extra hours every year, and yes, this equates to three whole working weeks per annum.
If you feel like 33 hours seems low, it’s worth noting that this is an average across part-time and full-time hours.
The ONS have commented on the results saying: ‘Regions with the highest average hours per job (London and Northern Ireland) also have the highest share of full-time workers. Additionally, the regions with the lowest average hours worked per job (the South West and Yorkshire and the Humber) also have the lowest share of full-time workers.’
And, they also added that UK working hours are shorter than those in the USA, New Zealand and Turkey – if that’s any consolation.
Considering that Londoners are already spending on average 75 minutes a day commuting (and we know the struggles of commuting all too well), it feels as if we’re never not working and apparently this is why people feel the need to work more so that they can justify their long commute.
If it helps though, we may be getting an extra day off this summer at least.
So, it’s not all doom and gloom and we also get way more paid holiday than, say, America, so that’s something…