British employees still work longest hours in Europe

After Britain, the longest hours are worked by employees in Portugal (41.2), Belgium (40.9) and Spain (40.6), according to the Eurostat Yearbook. Italy has the shortest average working week, followed by Denmark (38.7), the Netherlands (39.4), and France (39.8). Figures from the European and Social Research Council also show that seven per cent of managers in the UK work more than 60 hours per week.

A further 7.8 per cent work between 49 and 59, while 11.2 per cent work between 41 and 48. The majority (67.2 per cent) work between 31 and 40 hours per week.

• 020-8658 7200, www.ace.org.uk

After Britain, the longest hours are worked by employees in Portugal (41.2), Belgium (40.9) and Spain (40.6), according to the Eurostat Yearbook. Italy has the shortest average working week, followed by Denmark (38.7), the Netherlands (39.4), and France (39.8). Figures from the European and Social Research Council also show that seven per cent of managers in the UK work more than 60 hours per week.

A further 7.8 per cent work between 49 and 59, while 11.2 per cent work between 41 and 48. The majority (67.2 per cent) work between 31 and 40 hours per week.

• 020-8658 7200, www.ace.org.uk

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