Scottish government urged to expand four-day week trials


Trials for a four-day work week in Scotland ought to be expanded after polling revealed overwhelming help for the concept, consultants say.

Analysis for the think-tank IPPR Scotland discovered 80 per cent of individuals believed chopping their variety of days at work – with no lack of pay – would profit their wellbeing.

The survey additionally discovered that 88 of individuals could be keen to participate in trial schemes being arrange by Holyrood ministers. Some 2,203 individuals aged between 16 and 65 had been questioned.

Two-thirds of respondents (65 per cent) mentioned they believed a shorter working week may increase Scotland’s productiveness.

Pilots are being arrange following modifications in working practices brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, with the SNP having pledged a £10m fund for firms trialling a four-day week.

However IPPR Scotland mentioned the Scottish authorities ought to develop such schemes to incorporate extra sectors of the financial system, so individuals in non-office based mostly jobs, shift employees and part-time staff can participate.

The think-tank argued that until decrease paid sectors had been included within the pilot, together with those that could discover making the shift to a four-day week tougher, the trial schemes may not correctly take a look at the influence of such a swap.

Rachel Statham, a senior analysis fellow at IPPR Scotland, mentioned: “The Scottish authorities is true to be trialling a four-day working week as a result of right now’s proof exhibits that it’s a coverage with overwhelming public help, and might be a optimistic step in direction of constructing an financial system hardwired for wellbeing.

“However any profitable transition post-Covid-19 should embody every kind of workplaces, and all forms of work. The total-time, nine-to-five workplace job is just not how many individuals throughout Scotland work – and shorter working time trials have to mirror that actuality.

“So we should study what shorter working time seems like from the angle of shift employees, these working extreme hours to make ends meet, or those that at the moment have fewer hours than they wish to have.”

The Unbiased has contacted the Scottish authorities for remark.

Analysis has repeatedly proven help amongst employees and even bosses for shorter hours.

A 2019 YouGov ballot discovered three-quarters of individuals supported the concept within the UK, whereas a years-long trial in Iceland was dubbed an “overwhelming success”. The pilot boosted productiveness and wellbeing, and led to employees nationwide with the ability to negotiate extra versatile or shorter hours.

One other piece of analysis from 2019, by Henley Enterprise College, discovered most companies that employed a four-day week obtained extra out of their employees, who had been additionally happier and took fewer sick days.

Extra reporting by Press Affiliation