4 Day Working Week job adverts up 90%
Four day week job adverts up 90%
The report by job site CV-Library recently found that adverts for four-day week positions have surged to around 90% – especially for work in sectors such as charities, sales, distribution and catering.
This report comes days after a number of companies launched a trial of a four-day week for their staff, lasting six months.
Locations with the biggest increase in four-day week jobs include the South West, Wales, the South East and London, said CV-Library.
Lee Biggins, CV-Library’s chief executive, said: “We are now 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 new staff, over and above competitive pay and a pension.
Recruiting for a 4-day week position
There are many different ways to implement a shorter working week while maintaining your customer service quality. This of course is dependent on the industry you’re in and the role itself.
You could introduce a rota system of say 4 days on, 3 days off.
Or you could drop one day (usually a Monday or a Friday) so as to you give your recruits a three-day weekend but still pay them the same salary.
“Mmm Really” I hear you shout: How can our team service our clients on a Friday if no one’s in the office?
In order to make this new 4-day week trend work, we will certainly need to have the right culture, hire the right people and everyone needs to want it to work for the business as well as for themselves.
Some recruitment agencies are already reporting an increase in productivity as a result of closing the office one day a week and it could make it easier to attract new future talent too.
It will be interesting to see the results of the trials currently in place and if a 4-day working week is viable and sustainable for businesses and not just a short-term solution in attracting and retaining top talent.