The Office for National Statistics has recently published a survey which indicates that on average people are working one hour less a week than 15 years ago. According to the survey the average working week was 31.9 hours during the three months until the end of November 2006.

Comparatively a working week during the second quarter of 1992 was an average of 33.2 hours.

Apparently just over 20% of employees work over 45 hours a week. In the mid-90s this figure was 26%.

The Trade Union Congress have questioned the statistics and emphasized that the problem of people working excessively long hours should not be ignored because of the statistics.