We’re working harder – no kidding

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The average U.K. employee was doing the job of 1.4 people – the equivalent of a seven-day working week, said the study.

However, there were some benefits for this new breed of super-worker, according to Randstad, as heavier workloads had brought rewards in terms of faster career progression.

“The downturn has been a progression recession, spawning a new breed of ‘super-worker’ that grafts extremely hard and has flown up the career ladder as a result. It has left the U.K. labour market in good shape,” says Bull. “The workforce has been battle-hardened by the recession, which has left the U.K. with a core of highly-skilled high-fliers who can be the driving force behind the economic recovery.”

One-quarter of survey respondents in the financial services sector said that a larger workload has helped them to secure a promotion, while 13 per cent felt it had helped them get a pay rise and 28 per cent thought it has improved their skill set.

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