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Monday to Friday working week 'will be redundant by 2025'

Thursday 11th January, 2018
Limited Company
One-third of UK workers believe that the traditional Monday to Friday working week will be redundant by 2025, according to a new report.

TalkTalk Business has conducted a survey in conjunction with YouGov that provides an insight into what the workforce expects from the future, finding that the decline of the five-day week looks likely to follow the current demise of the nine-to-five working day, as flexible styles of working like contracting and freelancing have become more common.

A further 33 per cent of poll respondents said they expect to have greater flexibility in where they work from within the next few years, while 42 per cent believe that no one will be working from nine until five in ten years' time.

While an increase in flexible working options is leading to more people becoming limited company contractors and freelancers, choosing their own working days, times and locations, there are other factors behind the demise in the traditional working week.

The rise in artificial intelligence making some jobs automated will mean that work can be carried out at any time, but that maintenance experts may also need to be called upon at any time as well.

Yet despite advances in technology, 47 per cent of survey respondents said they expect to still work the same number of hours in a week in the future, just perhaps spread across different days and times than they do currently. As such, this therefore suggests that the pay rates contractors and other workers are able to earn won't be adversely affected.

TalkTalk Business Futurist Graeme Codrington commented: "Technology continues to increase worker productivity, helping standards of living improve as working hours have gone down."

Duncan Gooding, Interim Managing Director at TalkTalk Business, added: "Whilst working routines are going to evolve further, bringing the end of Monday to Friday, this does not need to come at the expense of business growth."

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