A report* out today from EUROSTAT - the EC statistical office in Luxembourg - shows the trend most common in the UNITED KINGDOM with nearly 66% of all workers affected. Next are ITALIANS (around 57%) and IRISH (some 52%). Least affected are PORTUGUESE workers, just over 25%.
EU-wide, over 24 million (some 21%) said they worked on Sundays (almost 19 million in the service sector); 23 million said they worked the whole weekend. In the UNITED KINGDOM Sunday working was over 37% and in DENMARK over 33% but in PORTUGAL under 12%.
Of the nine million or 7.5% working at home, 4% said it was their regular workplace. The figure for the BRITISH working usually or occasionally at home was 22% - around three times the level in countries that came next: DENMARK, BELGIUM, GERMANY and IRELAND. It was much rarer in the other member states: in FRANCE, for example, 0.5%.
For society: less pollution and traffic congestion in cities, more jobs in rural areas etc. Minuses include: social and professional isolation, fewer promotion possibilities, loss of social protection, lack of trade union representation etc.
- EUROSTAT Statistics in focus Population and social conditions No 9/1995: 'Atypical working hours in the European Union (1992-1993): work on Saturdays, Sundays and at home'.