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British workforce 'putting in longer hours'


Employees in the UK are working increasingly longer hours with more than one in eight of the nation's workforce recording more than 48-hour weeks, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed.

New analysis from the TUC has found that the UK is now beginning to reverse the recent ten-year decline in Brits working over 48 hours per week, with one in six workers in London putting in more than this upper limit.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "These are very disturbing numbers. They suggest that the slow, but at least steady, decline in those working more than 48 hours a week has come to an end.

"Many employers recognise that overworked staff are unproductive by introducing more flexibility and better work-life balance, often under union pressure. But it now looks as if their efforts are being undone by those who don't care about long hours. No-one should forget that 48 hours is six eight-hour days - more than enough for anyone every week."

The latest Labour Force Survey shows that 93,000 extra people now work more than 48 hours a week, taking the total to almost three and a quarter million, or 13.1 per cent of the workforce, up from 12.8 per cent last year. ADNFCR-1196-ID-18373051-ADNFCR

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