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UK staff spending longer at work

Published: Friday, 06 June 2008   Category: Life after graduation

More than 3.3 million people in the UK are working more than 48 hours per week, according to statistics published today.

A new report from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) titled The Return of the Long Hours Culture has revealed a changing trend in the employment sector, with 180,000 extra people spending longer at work than in 2007.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said that after "slow but steady progress over the last decade", long hours working was making its way back into Britain's workplaces.

He added: "Employees across the UK already work the longest hours in Western Europe and the recent increase will mean lower productivity, more stress and less time to have a life outside the office with friends and family."

He claimed that the government should act to end excessive working time, siding with workers rather than "business lobbyists who act as apologists for Britain's long hours culture".

Worrying news for male graduates is that some 153,000 of the additional employees spending 48 hours or more working were men.

The TUC represents 66 affiliated unions, acting as a voice and representative for almost seven million UK workers.

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