Survey reveals almost one-third of British employees are moonlighters

Nearly a third of Brits admit to moonlighting, new research has found.


A survey of more than 1,400 people by personal finance specialist The Motley Fool found that 7% of respondents have two jobs as well as their regular day job.


Nearly half of moonlighters (47%) work for extra money, while a quarter believe their talents are not properly recognised in their regular day job. Nearly one in five said they moonlight to broaden their horizons.


Most moonlighters keep their employers in the dark about their behaviour. Seven in 10 respondents said their main employer is unaware of their other jobs, with 43% admitting that holding multiple jobs was forbidden by their bosses.


Staff in Northern Ireland are the most likely to moonlight, followed by Wales, while people in the East Midlands are content with just one job.


David Kuo, head of personal finance at the firm, said: “While money is not necessarily the primary objective for some moonlighters, it is for almost half the people who take on work outside of their normal day jobs.


“But instead of moonlighting, it can be more productive to examine the way that we live our lives. Revisiting our budgets is a good way to identify savings that will allow us to improve our wealth without working extra hours,” Kuo added.

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