Richmondshire residents work the longest hours outside London, study finds

Council staff at work.

A new study has revealed that Richmondshire residents work the longest hours outside of London.

Data collection experts at SmartSurvey analysed ONS census data to find the areas in England that work the longest hours based on the percentage of residents working 49 hours or more each week.

The average hours worked each week per person was also found by dividing the estimated total hours worked by residents living in an area by the number of residents who work either full or part-time.

Richmondshire works the ninth longest hours in England, with 17.82% of residents working 49 hours or more.

The district sees the average person working an estimated 34.66 hours each week. Richmondshire is also the first area outside London to make the top ten.

The City of London tops the list as the area in England working the longest hours, with 31.88% of people who live there working 49 hours or more each week. This is nearly three times the average for England, which sees 11.46% of residents working 49 hours or more each week.

The average worker living in the City of London works an estimated 38.68 hours each week, four hours more than England’s national average of 34.03 hours per week. The City of London, also called the City and the Square Mile, is the ancient centre of London and is home to London’s primary central business district.

Kensington and Chelsea is the area of England working the second longest hours, with 26.9% of residents working 49 hours or more each week. The average worker who lives in Kensington and Chelsea, which is located on the north bank of the Thames in central London, was found to work 36.17 hours each week.

Commenting on the findings, Mo Naser, CEO of SmartSurvey, said:  “It is fascinating to see which areas of England report to have the workers that work the longest hours. The City of London has a reputation for working long hours and the statistics back this up, with the City having the highest proportion of residents working 49 hours or more compared with any other area in England.

“The estimated hours worked per person in the City of London is also the highest of any surveyed area, working four hours more each week than the national average.

“It is also interesting to see how many of the top ten areas working the longest are in or around London. Eight of the top ten that feature are in London, with Elmbridge also directly bordering London.”

1 Comment

  1. I didn’t know the council workers showing in the photo worked a 49 hour week.
    I thought they only worked a 5 day week.
    If so they must work some long days.

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