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The Working Life - UK - January 2018

“The UK workforce has continued to grow in recent years, while unemployment has tumbled to record lows. However, while this is undoubtedly a positive economic indicator, the UK continues to struggle with poor productivity levels, with productivity growth only hitting pre-recession levels in Q3 2017. Increased workplace flexibility and a focus on improving work/life balance could now help re-energise the burnt-out workforce, and foster improved economic growth in the coming years.”

– Jack Duckett, Senior Lifestyles Analyst

This report examines the following issues:

  • Tackling the UK’s productivity crisis
  • A healthy break time

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Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
    • Executive Summary

        • The market
          • Unemployment continues to fall
            • Figure 1: UK unemployment rate for people aged 16+ (seasonally adjusted), by gender, July to September 2007-17
          • Inflation threatens to pinch earnings
            • Productivity growth set to remain slow
              • Longer commutes could drive interest in home-working
                • Figure 2: Place where people work in a typical week, October 2017
              • The consumer
                • Rise of the long-distance commuter
                  • Figure 3: Length of commute to work, by area situation of household, October 2017
                • Over half of all commuters drive themselves to work
                  • Figure 4: How people travel to work, October 2017
                • Brits struggle for down-time
                  • Figure 5: Length of lunchbreak/main break at work, full-time vs part-time employees, October 2017
                • Workers struggle to find time to focus on their health
                  • Figure 6: Activities employees struggle to find time to do, October 2017
                • Confidence gap emerges between men and women at work
                  • Figure 7: Levels of confidence in the workplace, October 2017
                • Most prove happy with work/life balance
                  • Figure 8: Behaviours towards work/life balance, October 2017
                • What we think
                • Issues and Insights

                  • Tackling the UK’s productivity crisis
                    • The facts
                      • The implications
                        • A healthy break time
                          • The facts
                            • The implications
                            • The Market – What You Need to Know

                              • Unemployment continues to fall
                                • Inflation threatens to pinch earnings
                                  • Increase in UK living wage
                                    • Productivity growth set to remain slow
                                      • Longer commutes could drive interest in home-working
                                      • Market Drivers

                                        • Unemployment continues to fall …
                                          • Figure 9: UK unemployment rate for people aged 16+ (seasonally adjusted), by gender, Jul to Sep 2007-17
                                        • … but inflation threatens to pinch earnings
                                          • Figure 10: Average weekly earnings growth vs inflation, January 2007-September 2017
                                        • Increase in UK living wage
                                          • Figure 11: Explaining the UK wage rates, November 2017
                                        • Women drive self-employment figures
                                          • Figure 12: Employment trends (thousands), by gender, 2012-22
                                        • Women more likely to be in part-time work
                                          • Figure 13: Split between full and part-time employees in the UK, by gender, June-August 2017
                                        • Productivity growth set to remain slow
                                          • Figure 14: UK Labour productivity measures – Output per hour (seasonally adjusted), Q1 2008-Q3 2017
                                        • The benefits of working from home
                                          • Figure 15: Place where people work in a typical week, October 2017
                                      • The Consumer – What You Need to Know

                                        • Rise of the long-distance commuter
                                          • Over half of all commuters drive themselves to work
                                            • Brits struggle for down-time
                                              • Getting workers in-store
                                                • Helping the workforce get more sleep
                                                  • Getting employees to eat well …
                                                    • … and be more active
                                                      • Zero-hour contracts dent confidence
                                                        • Confidence gap could underline gender pay gap
                                                          • Encouraging employees to socialise
                                                          • Commuting to Work

                                                            • Rise of the long-distance commuter
                                                              • Figure 16: Length of commute to work, October 2017
                                                              • Figure 17: Ride cabin, US, September 2017
                                                            • Urbanites travel the furthest
                                                              • Figure 18: Length of commute to work, by area situation of household, October 2017
                                                            • Longer commutes impact productivity
                                                              • Young commute for longer
                                                                • Figure 19: Length of commute to work, by age, October 2017
                                                              • Over half of all commuters drive themselves to work
                                                                • Figure 20: How people travel to work, October 2017
                                                                • Figure 21: easyCar Pool marketing, October 2017
                                                              • Train journeys present commercial opportunities
                                                                • Figure 22: Length of commute to work, by types of transport used, October 2017
                                                            • Taking a Break

                                                              • Most workers keep lunchbreak short
                                                                  • Figure 23: Length of lunchbreak/main break at work, full-time vs part-time employees, October 2017
                                                                • Spending breaks in-store
                                                                  • Women take shorter lunchbreaks
                                                                    • Figure 24: Length of lunchbreak/main break at work, by gender, October 2017
                                                                • The Time-Poor Workforce

                                                                  • Helping workers get to sleep
                                                                    • Figure 25: Activities employees struggle to find time to do, October 2017
                                                                  • Businesses can help employees get more rest
                                                                    • Figure 26: Proportion of working adults who struggle to find time to get enough sleep during the working week, by length of commute, October 2017
                                                                  • Getting employees to eat well …
                                                                    • Figure 27: Selected activities employees struggle to find time to do, by length of commute, October 2017
                                                                  • … and be more active
                                                                    • No time for housework
                                                                    • Confidence in the Workplace

                                                                      • Confidence high in the workplace
                                                                        • Figure 28: Levels of confidence in the workplace, October 2017
                                                                      • Zero-hour contracts dent confidence
                                                                        • Figure 29: Levels of confidence in the workplace (NET very/somewhat confident), by employment contract type, October 2017
                                                                      • Confidence gap could underline gender pay gap
                                                                        • Figure 30: Levels of confidence in the workplace (NET very confident/somewhat confident), by gender, October 2017
                                                                    • Behaviours towards Work/Life Balance

                                                                      • Most prove happy with work/life balance …
                                                                          • Figure 31: Behaviours towards work/life balance, October 2017
                                                                        • … but is their inability to switch off from work driving poor productivity?
                                                                          • Encouraging employees to socialise
                                                                            • Figure 32: Proportion of employees who socialise with their colleagues outside of working hours, by age, October 2017
                                                                        • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                            • Abbreviations
                                                                              • Consumer research methodology

                                                                              The Working Life - UK - January 2018

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