British employees happy with work-life balance

Almost two-thirds (59%) of respondents are happy with their work-life balance, according to research by recruitment firm Randstad UK.

The Randstad work-life balance survey, which questioned 2,000 employees, found that those in the south-east of England, Yorkshire and the Humber are most happy with their work-life balance, with 64% saying they are content, despite those in the south-east having one of the longest average working weeks in the UK.

The research also found:

  • Respondents in the east (51%) and the south west (55%) of England are least happy with their work-life balance.
  • 61% of respondents in London are happy with their work-life balance despite having the longest average working week of 38 hours and 24 minutes.
  • 50% more female respondents are unhappy with their work-life balance than male respondents.

Mark Bull, managing director of Randstad UK, said: “Work-life balance has become something of a national concern in the current economic climate because many people are under increasing pressure in both their professional and personal lives.

“But this research proves that the key to better balance is not simply to work shorter hours or earn more cash. 

“A more holistic approach is needed to find rewarding work that interests and engages us. It’s not simply about putting up with anything in return for more money or time.”