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December
2015
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Two fifths of Aussie professionals work a six-day week

Two fifths of Aussie professionals work a six-day week

New research by global workplace provider Regus has revealed that 39 per cent of Aussie professionals work the equivalent of a full extra day or more each week in overtime, confirming that afterhours toil is the norm for many Australian workers.

This latest research, that surveyed over 1000 local professionals, revealed that the majority of Australian workers carry out two to four hours of overtime each week (19 per cent), while a committed 15 per cent put in an additional 15 hours or more – almost reaching the equivalent of a seven-day working week.

The following table presents the overtime hours and days undertaken by business professionals, both globally and nationally:

The day of the week workers are most likely to do overtime:

Global Average

Australia

Monday

16%

16%

Tuesday

10%

15%

Wednesday

9%

15%

Thursday

11%

14%

Friday

10%

10%

Saturday

9%

13%

Sunday

7%

12%

No preference

28%

6%

The average hourly overtime workers do in a week:

Global Average

Australia

One or less

12%

12%

2-4 hours

19%

19%

4-6 hours

17%

16%

6-8 hours

15%

15%

8-12 hours

16%

16%

12-15 hours

7%

8%

15+ hours

14%

15%

Source: Regus

Unsurprisingly, Australian respondents reported Monday as the day they were most likely to put in overtime or work out-of-office hours (16 per cent), and Friday’s were the least common day for workers to commit to doing overtime (10 per cent) – unless you work in retail (27 per cent). However, when comparing the most common days for overtime for small and large businesses, SME workers were more likely to put in extra hours on the weekend, with Saturday and Sunday ranking highly (16 per cent and 14 per cent, respectively), compared to those in larger businesses who put in significantly less weekend overtime (six per cent and seven per cent, respectively).

When comparing Australian cities, 19 per cent of workers in Brisbane were more likely to put in more than 15 hours of overtime each week, which was higher than any other state. Interestingly, despite Monday’s being the most common day for out-of-hours work nationally, on a state level, only Sydney and Perth professionals elected for late-stay Monday’s, with Brisbane workers preferring to work extra hours on Tuesdays, Melbourne workers putting in the most overtime on Wednesday’s, and both Adelaide and Canberra professionals opting to tackle their extra workload on a Thursday.

CEO of Regus Australia and New Zealand, John Henderson, said: “While the commitment of Australian workers is admirable, it is worrying that a small proportion are working the equivalent of a seven day week. From previous Regus research, we know that over half of Australian workers claim to be more stressed than they were five years ago (52 per cent) and working long hours in overtime is a major contributor to such high stress levels.

“While it can’t be healthy to carry out so much overtime, it is also true that the location this work is carried out in plays an important role in contributing to worker wellbeing. The freedom to work away from the main office from time to time is now seen as a key factor in achieving an ideal work:life balance - with 59 per cent of Australian respondents across all the major cities reporting that flexible workers are much better off.

“Therefore, if workers are able to carry out an acceptable amount of overtime from a location closer to home, they will benefit from a shorter commute at the end of the day and a more efficient use of their time. If instead, punitively long hours are combined with gruelling commutes, workers could be facing burnout all too soon,” Mr Henderson said.

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Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of 2,500 locations in 106 countries and 900 cities provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 2.1 million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.regus.com.au