Workers spending less time at work than previous generations

Published on Friday, 03 February 2012 11:54
Posted by Scott Buckler

While stress and workloads are increasing in the office, new research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found employees spend less time at work than the previous generation

According to the CIPD report, employees in 1952 spent an average of 48 hours a week at work, while today's typical worker with a full-time job does only 37 hours.

Dr John Philpott, the report's author and chief economic adviser to the institute, said that workers in today's modern world are not much happier about their working lives despite doing fewer hours.

Moreover, young people today are far less likely to have a job, as those under the age of 25 made up one in three of the workforce in 1952, compared to one in seven today.

The rise in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits was also highlighted as it has increased dramatically from around 350,000 to nearly 1.6 million today


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