We work longer, but do we work harder?

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BROOK GREEN — There’s no one on the roads today. In London that’s quite something. But it happens quite a lot.

We might get up at 6 and get home at 10, but we don’t seem to do that 52 weeks of the year. I think the road are quiet today because half the population is on a long-weekend.

In my neighbourhood I have noticed that the buses thin out at school half terms, near bank holidays, in the summer, when it’s hot… and really just a lot.

Last week a friend in a big company said he had 6 week holiday a year. Six!

If you add statutory days off, you’re getting close to one week off a month!

There seems to be a real contrast between the working schedules in the UK and those in Canada, Australia and the USA. In our fellow anglophone countries you should expect to get home in time to change the kitty litter each day. In the UK, you’re home enough to change the cat.

I am not sure which is better. But I do like my holidays.

And 9 to 5 wouldn’t work here really. The commute is such that I can either get in for 8 (which I do) or I can get in for 10. And there’s 10 minute difference in my departure time from home!

Having said that (and please don’t tell anyone), I am kind of missing the cat.

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