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UK workers 'done with the nine-to-five'

Paystream News


Tuesday 14th Nov, 2017

Working nine 'til five is no longer the way to make a living, according to the results of a new survey carried out by YouGov.

The market research firm found that just 14 per cent of Brits favour working from 9am until 5pm in the modern age, as flexible working options have become increasingly popular.

Workers today want to be able to tailor their careers to suit their lifestyles, which is one of the reasons why there has been such a marked increase in the number of personal service company contractors, freelancers and other self-employed workers over the past few years. These workers can choose their own working hours, allowing them to work towards their ideal work-life balance.

It's also why eight 'til four was named as the new nine-to-five in the YouGov survey, with 25 per cent of respondents choosing these as their preferred working hours, making it the most popular option.

The next most popular choice was 8.30am until 4.30pm, showing that earlier starts and finishes are attractive to the majority of UK workers.

Ten per cent of those questioned even said they would prefer to work from seven in the morning until three in the afternoon, eight per cent expressed a preference for 7.30am to 3.30pm working hours and six per cent wanted to swap the nine-to-five for a ten-to-six.

Meanwhile, five per cent said working from 6am until 2pm would suit them best - an option more popular than the more traditional 9.30am until 5.30pm, which just five per cent of respondents said they'd prefer.

Two per cent of workers even said they would even rather get up at the crack of dawn and work from 5am until 1pm to avoid being stuck with the traditional nine-to-five.

Londoners were found to be more likely to want later starts, with 27 per cent of capital residents wanting to start after 9am, compared to just 12 per cent of those in the rest of the south.

Interestingly, having children was found to have no impact on a worker's preferred start time, showing that it's not just childcare commitments that lead to a desire for greater flexibility.