Close to two-thirds (60%) of professionals based in London have worked longer hours whilst working remotely compared to before the pandemic, according to new research. 44% of workers say they’ve put in between 5-10 extra hours per week whilst working from home, with over a quarter (27%) reporting working over 10 hours extra per week.
The survey, which received over 8,300 responses from professionals and employers with over 1,400 responses from those working in London found that the highest incidences of working longer hours were also reported by professionals working in South East England (55%).
Alongside working longer hours, 45% of professionals based in London say they have worked during their annual leave over the past 12 months. This rose to over half (53%) of workers at mid-management level in the city.
Simon Winfield, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland, commented: “As many organisations in London move to a hybrid way of working, it’s a chance for employers to re-evaluate the pressures that may have crept up on staff during long periods of remote working. Some staff may be continuing to work from home permanently, or for a portion of the week, so employers need to assess how staff are managing their time to avoid the need to be ‘always on’.
This is particularly important with many people opting for staycations this year. Managers should be putting the support