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THE WORKING LIFE - UK - JANUARY 2018

Published By :

Mintel

Published Date : Jan 2018

Category :

Lifestyle

No. of Pages : N/A

The UK workforce has continued to grow in recent years, while unemployment has tumbled to record lows. However, while this is undoubtedly a positive economic indicator, the UK continues to struggle with poor productivity levels, with productivity growth only hitting pre-recession levels in Q3 2017. Increased workplace flexibility and a focus on improving work/life balance could now help re-energise the burnt-out workforce, and foster improved economic growth in the coming years.

Table of Contents

OVERVIEW
What you need to know
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The market
Unemployment continues to fall
Figure 1: UK unemployment rate for people aged 16+ (seasonally adjusted), by gender, July to September 2007-17
Inflation threatens to pinch earnings
Productivity growth set to remain slow
Longer commutes could drive interest in home-working
Figure 2: Place where people work in a typical week, October 2017
The consumer
Rise of the long-distance commuter
Figure 3: Length of commute to work, by area situation of household, October 2017
Over half of all commuters drive themselves to work
Figure 4: How people travel to work, October 2017
Brits struggle for down-time
Figure 5: Length of lunchbreak/main break at work, full-time vs part-time employees, October 2017
Workers struggle to find time to focus on their health
Figure 6: Activities employees struggle to find time to do, October 2017
Confidence gap emerges between men and women at work
Figure 7: Levels of confidence in the workplace, October 2017
Most prove happy with work/life balance
Figure 8: Behaviours towards work/life balance, October 2017
What we think
ISSUES AND INSIGHTS
Tackling the UK’s productivity crisis
The facts
The implications
A healthy break time
The facts
The implications
THE MARKET – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Unemployment continues to fall
Inflation threatens to pinch earnings
Increase in UK living wage
Productivity growth set to remain slow
Longer commutes could drive interest in home-working
MARKET DRIVERS
Unemployment continues to fall …
Figure 9: UK unemployment rate for people aged 16+ (seasonally adjusted), by gender, Jul to Sep 2007-17
… but inflation threatens to pinch earnings
Figure 10: Average weekly earnings growth vs inflation, January 2007-September 2017
Increase in UK living wage
Figure 11: Explaining the UK wage rates, November 2017
Women drive self-employment figures
Figure 12: Employment trends (thousands), by gender, 2012-22
Women more likely to be in part-time work
Figure 13: Split between full and part-time employees in the UK, by gender, June-August 2017
Productivity growth set to remain slow
Figure 14: UK Labour productivity measures – Output per hour (seasonally adjusted), Q1 2008-Q3 2017
The benefits of working from home
Figure 15: Place where people work in a typical week, October 2017
THE CONSUMER – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Rise of the long-distance commuter
Over half of all commuters drive themselves to work
Brits struggle for down-time
Getting workers in-store
Helping the workforce get more sleep
Getting employees to eat well …
… and be more active
Zero-hour contracts dent confidence
Confidence gap could underline gender pay gap
Encouraging employees to socialise
COMMUTING TO WORK
Rise of the long-distance commuter
Figure 16: Length of commute to work, October 2017
Figure 17: Ride cabin, US, September 2017
Urbanites travel the furthest
Figure 18: Length of commute to work, by area situation of household, October 2017
Longer commutes impact productivity
Young commute for longer
Figure 19: Length of commute to work, by age, October 2017
Over half of all commuters drive themselves to work
Figure 20: How people travel to work, October 2017
Figure 21: easyCar Pool marketing, October 2017
Train journeys present commercial opportunities
Figure 22: Length of commute to work, by types of transport used, October 2017
TAKING A BREAK
Most workers keep lunchbreak short
Figure 23: Length of lunchbreak/main break at work, full-time vs part-time employees, October 2017
Spending breaks in-store
Women take shorter lunchbreaks
Figure 24: Length of lunchbreak/main break at work, by gender, October 2017
THE TIME-POOR WORKFORCE
Helping workers get to sleep
Figure 25: Activities employees struggle to find time to do, October 2017
Businesses can help employees get more rest
Figure 26: Proportion of working adults who struggle to find time to get enough sleep during the working week, by length of commute, October 2017
Getting employees to eat well …
Figure 27: Selected activities employees struggle to find time to do, by length of commute, October 2017
… and be more active
No time for housework
CONFIDENCE IN THE WORKPLACE
Confidence high in the workplace
Figure 28: Levels of confidence in the workplace, October 2017
Zero-hour contracts dent confidence
Figure 29: Levels of confidence in the workplace (NET very/somewhat confident), by employment contract type, October 2017
Confidence gap could underline gender pay gap
Figure 30: Levels of confidence in the workplace (NET very confident/somewhat confident), by gender, October 2017
BEHAVIOURS TOWARDS WORK/LIFE BALANCE
Most prove happy with work/life balance …
Figure 31: Behaviours towards work/life balance, October 2017
… but is their inability to switch off from work driving poor productivity?
Encouraging employees to socialise
Figure 32: Proportion of employees who socialise with their colleagues outside of working hours, by age, October 2017
APPENDIX – DATA SOURCES, ABBREVIATIONS AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Abbreviations
Consumer research methodology

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