Four-day week jobs rise by 90% as UK companies begin trial

Employers seek new ways to fill record vacancies

There has been an increase in the number of four-day week jobs over the past year as recruiters pull out all the stops to attract job seekers.

A report by job site CV-Library found that adverts for four-day week positions have jumped by around 90%, especially for work in sectors such as charities, sales, distribution and catering.

The figures come as thousands of workers begin a trial of a four-day working week, with 100% pay for 80% of the hours.

In terms of sectors, all except agriculture and personnel have seen annual increases to four-day a week job postings. The top sectors are:
+492% Charities
+373% Distribution
+286% Catering
+247% Sales
+214% Administration

Lee Biggins founder and CEO of CV-Library, said: “We are seeing a huge increase in the number of four-day week jobs being posted. A year ago, these types of jobs were negligible. A lot has changed in both the economy and the job market over the last 12 months and employers are having to seek new ways of attracting staff, over and above competitive pay and a pension.

“Time will tell if this draws in job seekers, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on application numbers. It’s also crucial to see the results of the trials in place and if a four-day working week is viable and sustainable for businesses and not just a short-term solution to attract and retain top talent.”