Belfast Telegraph

Workers burn midnight oil as work pressures take their toll

By Alan Jones

Employees are having to do more than 40 minutes of 'homework' every night because of the pressure of their job and the UK's long hours culture, a new study showed today.

A survey of 3,000 workers showed that one in four was at their desk by 7.30am, did not leave the office before 6pm, and took an average break of just 33 minutes.

The research, to mark the 50th anniversary of Reed Specialist Recruitment, also revealed most people worked 42 minutes at home each evening because they had too much to do during the day.

Half of those questioned said they could not operate without email, saying it was the biggest change in the world of work during the last half-century.

Two out of five wanted to give up the traditional nine to five working day in favour of less rigid work patterns and a similar number were keen to spend more time working from home, although one in four would not want to be without the office banter.

Tom Lovell, group managing director of Reed Specialist, said: "The workplace has come a long way in the last 50 years, with both our research and our experience as a specialist recruiter demonstrating a trend towards a more connected and diverse working environment.

"Advances in technology have led to significant changes in working life, enabling people to have more control over the shape of their careers and ending more traditional, restrictive approaches to working arrangements. While many would love to be able to work from home, there remains a significant proportion that prefers the social interaction gained from an office environment."