Some 87 per cent of workers are working longer hours than they are contracted to, with most agreeing they have found themselves doing more when working from home, according to recent research.

The study of 2,000 office workers was commissioned by Office Freedom, a flexible workspace brokerage.

It was found that workers in Oxford, Sheffield and Worcester have the longest working day, at an average length of 7.3 hours. And over 80 per cent of these respondents work longer than they are contracted to. 

Men are more likely to work overtime than women, with 28 per cent stating they work more hours than contracted to every day, compared to 13 per cent of women.

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But generally, workers do feel valued at work, with 45 per cent of respondents rating their company highly for being appreciative.

And, since working from home, and in particular, hybrid working was introduced, most employees report enjoying working more than previously.

Forty two per cent would also feel disappointed at a return to five days in the office.

A spokesperson from Office Freedom said: “It seems that the flexibility of hybrid working has enabled more people to enjoy their jobs and take away some of the day-to-day stresses, like commuting, for example.


“This new way of working is here to stay, especially now that the benefits have been realised by both companies and employees.”