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Overall weekly hours worked in the UK 1971-2020, by gender

The overall number of hours worked by men and women in the United Kingdom fell sharply from January 2020 onwards, reaching an average of 497 million hours for men, and 344 million hours for women in the three months to May 2020, a drop of 125 million and 85 million respectively when compared with the start of the year. In the most recent month, the overall number of hours worked by men was 563 million, and 397 million for women.

Overall weekly hours worked for all employees in the United Kingdom from March 1971 to October 2020, by gender

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Release date

December 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

March 1971 to October 2020

Age group

16 years and older

Supplementary notes

Statistic compiled from two different datasets from the ONS
Male figures: YBUT
Female figures: YBUU

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