Londoners work a median of 100 hours a yr greater than the remainder of the UK, in response to new information.
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures present the common working week in London is 33 hours, the longest because the 2008 monetary disaster.
The common working week within the UK – together with part-time work – is 31 hours, in response to the figures.
The UK works shorter hours than the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average.
London’s young demographic, excessive value of dwelling and focus of “larger expert work” creates a tradition of longer hours, in response to Prof Ronald McQuaid.
The professor of labor and employment on the College of Stirling instructed the BBC: “Sure industries, akin to monetary providers, usually work longer hours and there is a excessive focus of those in London.
“Youthful employees usually tend to work longer hours too, particularly if dwelling in an costly space”.
A 2012 study discovered Londoners additionally confronted the longest commute within the UK, spending a median 75 minutes per day travelling.
This leaves commuters “needing to work extra hours to make up the price of journey,” in response to Prof McQuaid.
London has the UK’s highest proportion of workers in full-time employment (79%), every working a median of 38 hours per week.
In accordance with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Londoners additionally earn about £10 per hour greater than the UK common. Prof McQuaid mentioned this makes it “extra worthwhile for Londoners to remain at work”.
Working longer hours has been linked to deteriorating physical and mental health.
Lengthy hours and worrying working circumstances “have created a poisonous burden on Londoners” argues Sian Berry, who represents the Inexperienced Get together on the London Meeting.
“It impacts on the time you spend on caring for your self,” she added.
Nevertheless, UK working hours are “significantly shorter” than the USA, Turkey and New Zealand, in response to OECD information.
Len Shackleton, Analysis Fellow on the Institute for Financial Affairs, argues “whereas it’s typically assumed the UK is vulnerable to a protracted hours tradition, that’s not essentially the case”.
He added: “Particular person alternative performs an essential position in figuring out working hours. Tolerance for lengthy hours and want for more money varies throughout the inhabitants.”