Polls have lengthy proven nearly all of the UK’s working people would prefer a four-day workweek.
Following the pandemic shift to home-working, it’s been revealed that Scotland is launching a pilot scheme to see if the four-day workweek may… nicely, work.
So, what does all of it imply? And is something related on the playing cards for England, Wales, or Northern Eire?
Right here’s all you’ll want to know.
What are Scotland’s four-day work week trials?
And it appears the Scottish Nationwide Get together (SNP) have taken notice – and are presently designing a four-day workweek pilot scheme.
A fund of £10 million has been pledged by the SNP for office-based companies to check out a shorter working schedule, with out slicing employee pay.
Of the trial, a Scottish authorities spokesperson mentioned: ‘The pandemic has served to accentuate curiosity in and help for extra versatile working practices, which may embody a shift to a four-day working week.
‘Reductions within the working week may assist maintain extra and higher jobs, and improve wellbeing.
‘We’re within the early levels of designing a £10million pilot that can assist corporations discover the advantages and prices of shifting to a four-day working week.
‘The pilot will permit us to develop a greater understanding of the implications of a broader shift to a shorter working week throughout the financial system.’
Because the trial has but to correctly start, we don’t but know when the outcomes will likely be shared – however watch this area.
Already, suppose tank IPPR Scotland has urged the Scottish government to expand the trials further.
Rachel Statham, IPPR’s senior analysis fellow, mentioned: ‘The Scottish authorities is correct to be trialling a four-day working week… [it] might be a constructive step in direction of constructing an financial system hard-wired for wellbeing.
‘However any profitable transition post-Covid-19 should embody every kind of workplaces, and all sorts of work.
‘The total-time, nine-to-five workplace job just isn’t how many individuals throughout Scotland work – and shorter working time trials have to replicate that actuality.’
Will the UK ever usher in a four-day work week?
As for the remainder of us England, Wales, and Northern Eire, it appears that evidently solely time will inform.
Proper now, it doesn’t seem there are any government-led trials taking place elsewhere within the UK.
And in September 2021, many overtly questioned on Twitter why England and Wales weren’t following Scotland’s lead.
However some corporations across the UK are already doing a four-day week of their very own volition – and have been doing so for some time.
London-based lighting agency Elektra and Rendlesham tech agency CMG Applied sciences have each been working longer working days (however shorter weeks) for a number of years.
CMG advised The i that 4 longer days have been undoubtedly preferable to 5 shorter ones – with workers sick days dropping dramatically, and worker retention extremely excessive.
Questioning the place you’ll be able to go to alter your workweek for good? Campaigners four Day Week have a list of UK businesses who currently have a four-day work week.
The place on the earth presently has a four-day work week?
No nation on the earth presently has a blanket, four-day workweek coverage for 100% of employees.
So far as we are able to inform, that’s. However a couple of nations are getting fairly shut!
Iceland reported ‘overwhelming success’ when 1% of its workers trialled a shorter week from 2015 to 2019.
Employees reported a ‘dramatic improve’ in private wellbeing – and companies discovered they didn’t lose cash, whereas productiveness stayed the identical and even improved.
Because the preliminary outcomes have been revealed, it’s believed 86% of Icelandic employees at the moment are ‘working shorter hours or gaining the proper to shorten their hours’ – and not using a lower in pay.
Typically talking, different Nordic nations – like Finland and Denmark – are hailed as having a perfect method to work-life stability.
Normally, this consists of fewer hours – and a tradition the place it’s anticipated you’ll go away the workplace on time – although naturally not for each position.
As for trails, Spain and New Zealand have each launched (ongoing) pilot schemes for a 32-hour workweek.
The outcomes have but to be revealed. Watch this area.
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