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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-30-09

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Workers in Liverpool are putting in more than 13 extra days work a year!

THE average worker in Liverpool (44.4%) puts in over 13 extra working days a year, with 75% admitting that they often work more than their contracted hours. What's more, 22.2% could be working an extra 34 days! That's according to recent data from CV Library , the UK's leading independent job board.  The study explored average working hours across the UK and whether the traditional 9 to 5 day still exists. The research revealed that 66.1% of workers in Liverpool believe that the traditional 9 to 5 is an outdated concept, with the majority (56.4%) agreeing that this is because mobile working options mean people can work from anywhere at any time. Other key findings include:

Only 35% of professionals in Liverpool still work a traditional 9 to 5 day.

Worryingly, 36.8% are working 6 days a week.

And despite 90% believing that every business should offer flexible working, 67.8% 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 workers in Liverpool are putting in too much overtime. It's concerning to learn that 1 in 3 are even working 6 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 City'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."

The survey also explored the topic of other countries trialling out shorter working hours, for example, Sweden introducing 6 hour days to see if this would increase staff productivity. The survey from CV Library found that 75% of professionals in Liverpool think that a 4 day working week would be beneficial to them; with 42.2% agreeing it would make staff more productive. Not only this but 22.2% believe it will allow them more time to enjoy their private life, and 17.8% believe it will help working parents. That said, 25% didn't agree that a shorter working week would be more beneficial as businesses could suffer as a result of being closed an extra day. Not only this, but 40% said that fitting your workload into 4 days could be stressful.  Biggins concludes:- "It's clear that many believe they would benefit from a 4 day week, despite there being mixed feelings around the subject. It's a very interesting concept, but the results are yet to be confirmed, with some believing that a shorter week could actually be more stressful for staff. One thing is for sure, workers in Liverpool are at risk of becoming overworked if they continue to put in so much overtime and it's time they found themselves a healthier work life balance."


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