EXPERTS have referred to as for a four-day working week to be tried within the UK after the biggest-ever trial in Iceland was hailed an “overwhelming success”.

Employees had been discovered to be much less confused and had a greater work-life stability whereas employers noticed no drastic fall in productiveness or provision of companies, evaluation discovered.

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The pilot scheme in Iceland discovered employees had been much less confused and anxious (file photograph)[/caption]

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The trial, which ran from 2015 to 2019, resulted in round 86 per cent of Icelandic employees negotiating contracts with completely shortened hours.

Director of analysis at British suppose tank Autonomy Will Stronge stated: “This examine exhibits that the world’s largest ever trial of a shorter working week within the public sector was by all measures an amazing success.

“It exhibits that the general public sector is ripe for being a pioneer of shorter working weeks – and classes will be realized for different governments.

“Iceland has taken an enormous step in direction of the four-day working week, offering a terrific real-life instance for native councils and people within the UK public sector contemplating implementing it right here within the UK.”

The experiment in Iceland initially included just some dozen public sector employees who had been members of unions.

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The pilot scheme discovered employees had no dramatic drop in productiveness (file photograph)[/caption]

However it expanded to incorporate 2,500 employees from each the private and non-private sector – representing one per cent of the nation’s workforce – because the trial progressed.

Cops, healthcare employees, academics, store assistants and council employees had been amongst these participating within the trials, in response to a report printed by Autonomy and Iceland’s Affiliation for Sustainable Democracy.

Though the experiment was dubbed a “four-day week” in actuality most employees didn’t truly take a full break day work however aimed to cut back their hours from 40 to 35 or 36 every week.

The time saved at work was largely achieved by scrapping pointless conferences, taking shorter breaks and shifting companies on-line to permit workplaces to close earlier.

Employees stated due to the time saved they had been in a position to organise their personal lives higher, akin to working errands within the afternoons or doing extra family chores.

Additionally they stated they’d extra time to see household and associates and had extra time to chill out or pursue hobbies.

Employees stated they felt much less confused and anxious, each at dwelling and at work.

Bosses stated that as a result of they’d to consider carefully about how workplace hours had been managed, meant there was no vital drop-off in productiveness to the flexibility to supply companies.

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Whereas employees did fewer hours in some circumstances productiveness truly improved (file photograph)[/caption]

In actual fact, in quite a few circumstances productiveness truly improved.

The quantity of additional time folks did additionally remained flat, indicating employees had not simply moved in-office duties to their very own free time.

Prices to bosses didn’t rise both, besides within the space of healthcare, the place it was essential to make use of extra workers to cowl the shift patterns.

Gudmundur D Haraldsson, a researcher on the Affiliation for Sustainability and Democracy (Alda), stated: “The Icelandic shorter working week journey tells us that not solely is it doable to work much less in trendy instances, however that progressive change is feasible too.

“Our roadmap to a shorter working week within the public sector needs to be of curiosity to anybody who needs to see working hours diminished.”

A ballot printed in July final 12 months carried out by Survation discovered that 63 per cent of the UK public assist the concept of a four-day week with no lack of pay, whereas solely 12 per cent oppose.

Spain launched a pilot scheme in March which aimed to chop the working week to 32 hours, to see if it was doable to spice up the nation’s financial system because it lifted coronavirus restrictions and aimed to spice up employment.

Staff of corporations participating within the scheme would attempt to cut back their hours however keep the identical stage of pay.


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has voiced assist for a four-day working week and the Scottish and Welsh governments have additionally arrange commissions to discover the concept.

Some economists although stay sceptical of introducing a four-day working week, arguing the usual of residing can be decreased.

Ricardo Mur of CEOE, considered one of Spain’s essential enterprise associations, stated at a discussion board in December: “Getting out of this disaster requires extra work, not much less.”