Estate agents clock up some of the shortest working hours in the UK, analysis claims.
Property recruitment firm Rayner Personnel has analysed Office for National Statistics data on working hours across a number of professions.
On average across the UK, staff work 33.1 hours per week, 69% of the maximum allowance of 48 hours set by the Government under the Working Time Directive.
With an average of 41.4 hours per week, electricians are the hardest working profession, clocking up 86.3% of the maximum weekly allowance.
Police officers (41.2) and plumbers (40.1) also clocked up over 40 hours a week, working 85.8% and 83.5% of the maximum allowance respectively.
With an average of 32 hours a week, estate agents clocked up just 66.7% of the maximum allowance each week, with nurses, clergy, teachers, PAs and hairdressers coming in below them.
Cleaners worked for the least hours a week on average (20.8) accounting for just 43.3% of the maximum weekly allowance.
Josh Rayner, chief executive of Rayner Personnel, said: “Based on the latest data, it would seem that some of the hardest working professions are being underrepresented by the average number of hours worked per week
“For example, teachers may only work roughly six hours a day while at school, but they will most certainly be clocking more hours with the mountains of work they have to mark during their own time.
“In addition, cleaners may work the lowest number of hours as the job is often focussed around shorter shift patterns, but that’s certainly not to say they don’t work hard during those hours.
“The same goes for estate agents. Anyone that has worked in the property industry will know that it’s not your regular office nine to five.
“The average time spent working at your desk is a far cry from the actual reality of chasing paperwork after hours and working weekends to get a sale over the line.
“So the likelihood is that any agent worth their salt is probably exceeding the maximum allowance week in week out.
“Of course, clocking more hours doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing a better job and in this day and age, it’s very much about working smarter, not harder.
“The digital disruption of the property industry, in particular, has enabled us to streamline many parts of the selling process and this has allowed estate agents to be more productive in a shorter period of time.”
Profession Average hours worked per week Working time directive max hours ave per week Average hours worked as % of max weekly working hours limit Electrician 41.4 48 86.3% Police officer 41.2 48 85.8% Plumber 40.1 48 83.5% Pilot 38.4 48 80.0% Engineer 37.9 48 79.0% Chef 37.9 48 79.0% Surveyor 37.0 48 77.1% IT technician 36.5 48 76.0% Sales/marketing associate 36.5 48 76.0% Doctor 35.9 48 74.8% Business analyst 35.8 48 74.6% Accountant 34.2 48 71.3% Lawyer / Solicitor 33.7 48 70.2% Estate Agent 32.0 48 66.7% Nurse 31.3 48 65.2% Clergy 31.1 48 64.8% Teacher 28.6 48 59.6% PA / Secretary 28.1 48 58.5% Hairdresser 26.4 48 55.0% Cleaner 20.8 48 43.3% United Kingdom (overall) 33.1 48 69.0% Sources: