Almost one-fifth worked an extra three months a year according to the Morgan McKinley Working Hours Survey 2016
Highlights of Morgan McKinley Working Hours Survey Ireland
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Tuesday, 15 March 2016: The majority (73%) of Irish professionals work longer than their contracted hours, with about 1 in 5 working a full extra three months a year according to the Morgan McKinley Working Hours Survey, published today by the wholly Irish owned multinational recruiting consultancy, Morgan McKinley.
The research was conducted in February 2016 among over 2,700 professionals across a variety of sectors including accounting and finance, financial services, technology, engineering, science and office support.
60% of the respondents hold middle management, senior management or senior leadership roles (in total, 10% hold leadership roles e.g., CEO, CFO or similar functions, etc.). 40% of the respondents hold executive level and entry level roles.
Morgan McKinley’s Director of Inward Investment, Trayc Keevans said:
“This is the second Working Hours Survey that Morgan McKinley has carried out in the last two years. The findings suggest a culture of longer working hours is continuing. Over 40% of professionals are now working at least six hours extra a week, and nearly 1 in every 5 employees is putting in 10 hours extra or more per week – that is a full extra quarter for these employees per year.
“A majority of all those surveyed felt obligated to work longer than their contracted hours, with over four out of five not being compensated for this extra time at the desk. Of note is the fact that 43% of professionals felt they are more productive in the extra hours worked, citing a lack of disruption, calls and email as reasons for enhanced productivity.
“Flexible work arrangements remain a key aspiration for Irish workers, with almost half saying this would positively impact their working lives. Although more employees do have flexible start and finish times and greater options for working from home, the findings suggest a culture of flexible working is not yet embedded. The majority of those surveyed indicated flexible and remote working arrangements are offered on a discretionary and occasional basis rather than as part of an overall defined package.
“It’s clear that the Irish economy and the professional workforce has a cohort of highly motivated and committed employees who are prepared to go the extra mile for their companies and their careers. This year, employers who are conscious of the need to limit salary inflation, should consider the benefits of offering flexible work arrangements as a means to attract and retain talent,” said Trayc Keevans.
About The Morgan McKinley Working Hours Survey Ireland
The Survey was carried out in February 2016 among professional employees and Morgan McKinley’s clients of all ranks in the areas of accounting and finance, financial services, technology, engineering, science and office support. Respondents were from all parts of Ireland. The Irish owned multinational recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley has offices in Dublin, Cork and Limerick, and internationally in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Japan.