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How many working hours is a week these days please?

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Celeriacacaca Mon 07-Dec-15 16:37:41

Looking at various adverts it seems as if they vary quite widely - one I'm looking at now is 42.5, another for the same salary is 37.5. What's the norm please or is there no such thing now?

Artandco Mon 07-Dec-15 16:39:07

Most people I know do 50-55hrs

UtterlyClueless Mon 07-Dec-15 16:41:07

Up to 48hrs a week now.

Finola1step Mon 07-Dec-15 16:41:39

Agree with Artandco. Most people I know do 50-60 hours per week but only paid for 40. Or are not paid by the hour so do whatever hours needed to get the jib done.

LilithTheKitty Mon 07-Dec-15 16:42:32

40. 37.5 if your lunch break is unpaid. Lots of people work more than that but 8 hour shifts is normal full time to most people I'd have thought.

Finola1step Mon 07-Dec-15 16:43:17

Job not jib!

Although the saying "I don't like the cut of his jib" is an all time favourite of mine. grin

Northumberlandlass Mon 07-Dec-15 16:43:57

I am paid for 35 hours a week - I do not get paid for my lunch hour.

ffffffedup Mon 07-Dec-15 18:50:02

Full time were I work is 39hrs although management are expected to do more without extra pay

lougle Mon 07-Dec-15 19:24:46

37.5 in the NHS (but 40 at work because lunches are unpaid).

WeAllHaveWings Mon 07-Dec-15 20:15:15

35 hrs paid, not paid for lunch. Compressed hours so Friday is a half day.

Work extra hours when projects due but generally most people keep to the 35 hrs and workplace actively encourages/enables this. Best place I've worked.

DKeeneGaga Mon 07-Dec-15 20:17:45

Mine is 35. I work 8.30 - 4.30. I don't generally do more than that unless it's super busy. In an office job.

thatstoast Mon 07-Dec-15 20:20:32

I've never worked more than 35 hours but I think that's considered lazy by UK standards these days. I might have to move to France.

Whaleshark Mon 07-Dec-15 20:21:48

I thought something around 40 hours is pretty standard. Both the jobs you mention are pretty close to that though. It is always going to very depending on whether breaks etc are paid.

WidowWadman Mon 07-Dec-15 20:24:08

Contractually I do 37.5 hours per week but often it's more (don't get paid overtime). My husband does 35 hours per week, both jobs count as full time.

Artandco Mon 07-Dec-15 20:27:03

Wow. I can't believe full time is actually 35 hrs for some. No wonder Dh and I are often knackered as that's 3 days work for us ( we work 5 days a week usually)

titchy Mon 07-Dec-15 20:31:18

No such thing as a standard - will depend on sector and type and grade of work. Office jobs generally 9 - 5 or 5.30, with an hour unpaid for lunch which makes a 35 or 37.5 hour week.

Building site, care work, zero contract catering will all have very different expectations of what full time is and when hours should be worked.

BikeRunSki Mon 07-Dec-15 20:33:07

37 hrs a week where I work; 42 where DH works. Unpaid lunch both. He earns significantly more than me in the same field.

Iguessyourestuckwithme Mon 07-Dec-15 20:33:58

I am a nanny and a 60 hour week is a regular thing

SellMySoulForSomeSleep Mon 07-Dec-15 20:34:10

40 hours. Don't get paid for lunch, which is only 30 minutes anyway.

febreeze Mon 07-Dec-15 20:54:22

I do about 70-80 hours but I am self employed. Don't have lunch but I can bunk off whenever I want (which is never as I don't have time!)

Lemonfizzypop Mon 07-Dec-15 22:24:36

37.5 where I work, although I take longer lunches than I should so probably only work about 35 blush

Perfectlypurple Mon 07-Dec-15 22:29:06

37 paid for me. We don't get paid for lunch. I do shift work though so one week I could do 54 hours or more, the next a lot less. I work 6 days on, 4 days off.

RockNRollNerd Sat 12-Dec-15 14:07:51

Contractually for office/professional type roles most places I've seen are 35 or 37.5 (so 9-5 or 9-5.30 with an hour unpaid for lunch). Very occasionally I've seen 40 hours (9-6 with an hour unpaid for lunch) but that is pretty rare. The actual hours worked of course can be much more and in most of those roles it's unpaid/expected overtime.

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