Londoners Work Extra Hours

Londoners Work Extra Hours

Londoners work extra hours

Londoners work an extra 100 hours per year

Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that residents of London work, on average, 100 hours more each year than employees in the rest of the UK. The 100 hours equates to almost three extra weeks of work each year, based on the length of the average working week.

The average number of hours worked each week by London-based workers is 33, while the average across the whole of the country is 31. Both figures include part-time workers. The average number of hours worked each week by a full-time employee in London is 38.

At just 29.8 hours per week, the South West and North East of England are the regions where employees have the shortest working week.

Reasons cited as to why Londoners put in extra hours include: its younger workforce when compared to the rest of the country; the concentration around London of industries such as financial services, which typically involve longer hours; and the need for Londoners to work longer to meet the higher costs of living.

London-based workers also have the longest commute of anyone in the country, adding to the length of time they spend away from home each day. The last study on this by the Trades Union Congress showed that in London the average daily commute to work is 75 minutes, well ahead of the UK average of 52.8 minutes.

Whilst many people think a long hours culture may exist in the UK, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) figures show that workers in many other countries in Europe and elsewhere work longer hours than us. In the OECD’s figures for 2015 – the last full year for which data is currently available – UK workers are shown as working an average of 1,674 hours per year (or 32 per week), and the UK ranks 25th in this respect in the OECD table. The hardest working country in the world according to these data is Mexico, followed by Costa Rica and South Korea. Greece is the top European country in fourth place, while Ireland is 15th and the USA 16th. French and German workers both put in fewer hours than their UK counterparts.

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