Largest UK four-day week trial to start this month

Largest UK four-day week pilot gets underway this month.

4 day working week


Sixty employers will begin preparations to start the largest UK pilot of a four-day working week this month.

They include the Royal Society of Biology, the London-based brewing company Pressure Drop, a Manchester-based medical devices firm and a fish and chip shop in Norfolk.

The six-month pilot of the four-day week involves a reduction in days worked with no loss of pay for employees. It runs alongside similar pilot schemes taking place in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The pilot is being coordinated by 4 Day Week Global in partnership with the UK think tank Autonomy, the 4 Day Week UK Campaign and researchers at Cambridge University, Boston College and Oxford University. The 4 Day Week campaign says working fewer hours at similar pay levels does not affect overall productivity, but boosts employee wellbeing.

It includes online webinars and resources to help with common challenges, pitfalls and misconceptions., mentoring, networking with other UK participants in the coordinated pilot who will act as a peer-support network to share learnings and experiences and wellbeing and productivity assessments by expert researchers who will work with employers to establish relevant productivity and worker wellbeing metrics and to define what success looks like for them. These metrics will be monitored throughout the trial, with a confidential impact assessment produced after the trial, alongside a published report collating the data from all participating companies and employees on an anonymous basis.

Last week was the deadline for signing up to the first phase of the pilot programme. April will see preparation, training and onboarding sessions, followed by the establishment of baseline metrics in May before the trial begins in June.

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