Four-day working week is not a realistic option for whole economy


Julian Jessop quoted in BBC News

Thousands of UK workers are starting a four-day week trial this week. The experiment has been organised by a group campaigning for a shorter working week, but for no loss in wages.

IEA Economics Fellow Julian Jessop was quoted in a BBC News article saying he is “sceptical” a four-day week would show good results across the entire economy. He said: “There are some services where a four-day working week is not a realistic option. Doctors are already struggling to provide enough GP appointments – how can they see 25% more patients in a day? And it’s difficult to see how a bar person can pull 25% more pints in a day too.”

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