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To ask if your DH/DP works a 70 80 90 hour week - what exactly does he do?

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Hetty241 Tue 24-Dec-13 07:18:51

I often read posts on MN where women mention their husbands/partners working very long hours and wonder what jobs they do that entail such long hours.

So I thought I'd ask.

Goodwordguide Tue 24-Dec-13 07:21:51

Works in IT for a start-up

Most of the long hour workers I know are bankers and lawyers but we are in London.

Morloth Tue 24-Dec-13 07:21:52


Youarejustwordsonascreenpeople Tue 24-Dec-13 07:21:56

Mine is a teacher and is head of department. His normal week is is 70-80 hours.

Ladyflip Tue 24-Dec-13 07:22:32

Dairy farmer. It's not for the faint hearted. He started at 4.15am yesterday. He had 25 mins at home at lunchtime, then 2 hours at dinner time. He then went and calved a cow. Rolled home and into bed at 11 pm. He's already gone to work now. And will be there tomorrow at 4.15am again.

HaitchJay Tue 24-Dec-13 07:22:51

Dh does 2 jobs and both are min wage ish so combined they often end up at the 70 hours.

He used to work that as a head teacher though and is so much less stressed now

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 24-Dec-13 07:22:54

Runs his own IT company.

cupcake78 Tue 24-Dec-13 07:24:49

Regional Manager of national company, Accountancy background. Sounds very grand but it's not really and the pay reflects the 35 hours contracted not the additional 30 hours he puts in hmm

BohemianGirl Tue 24-Dec-13 07:25:51


Alwayscheerful Tue 24-Dec-13 07:25:54

Chartered accountant.

Spermysextowel Tue 24-Dec-13 07:26:05


HoHoHopelessAtNamingBabies Tue 24-Dec-13 07:26:57

There are a fair few women on here who work similar hours too! smile

I do - Management Consultant.

ClaimedByMe Tue 24-Dec-13 07:27:36

Oil refinery, he can work anything from the basic 38 hours to 80 a week!

lastnightIwenttoManderley Tue 24-Dec-13 07:32:06

Erm....I'm not a DH or a partner but hours like that are not unusual to me - Chartered Structural Engineer

notanotherusername1 Tue 24-Dec-13 07:33:29

Off shore oil rig engineer. I wish he did not work the hours he did.

akachan Tue 24-Dec-13 07:33:35

I'm a woman so don't know if I count but I do hours like that, I'm a lawyer.

Morloth Tue 24-Dec-13 07:35:12

I used to but not since we had the kids.

I now do 3 days a week, but I work 12 hour days - in mining.

So Mining and Banking, we sold our souls - but we got quite a good price. grin

purplemurple1 Tue 24-Dec-13 07:36:10

We both do those sorts of hours - I'm a construction consultant

OH - lecturer and doing his own research, and forest work at weekends.

Flossyfloof Tue 24-Dec-13 07:38:46

Educational consultant, Creative Management consultant, builder, project manager. He thinks if he stopped working he would die. About the only day he has off is Christmas Day, when he visits his parents.

littlewhitechristmasbag Tue 24-Dec-13 07:40:31

My DH is a director in a large financial company. The hours he works are crazy.

RoobyMyrtle Tue 24-Dec-13 07:40:44

University Professor with a spin-out company. He works 70-80 hours plus, 6 days a week and is often away.

loveulotslikejellytots Tue 24-Dec-13 07:42:36

DH is a builder so does 7am-6pm 5 days a week. He's also a retained firefighter so most weeks he's on call as soon as he gets home until he goes to work and most weekends. So technically he works 24 hours a day but 13 of those are sat at home waiting for a pager to go off! grin

WoodBurnerBabe Tue 24-Dec-13 07:44:08

DH is a Chartered Structural Engineer and does hours like that. My record is 93 hours when I was Resident Engineer on a big construction project, I'm a Chartered Civil Engineer. Now we have 3 kids I am contracted to do 29 hours per week, don't usually do more than 35. DH long hours have continued though, some weeks the kids barely see him at all. The only good thing is he works 5min from home so at least we don't have a shitty commute to contend with as well. That's mine to deal with!

stickysausages Tue 24-Dec-13 07:44:21

I often wonder though, why people work these kind of hours though... how can it be possible? For some is it an ego thing? An avoiding going home thing? I understand the likes of the dairy farmer etc, but for the average office worker, if you're working double the normal hours, then something is wrong with your time management, or there are serious shortfalls in the management of the company as a whole

TheCrackFox Tue 24-Dec-13 07:45:21


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