As Scots back a £10 million program, Sturgeon is under pressure to make the four-day work week permanent.


As Scots back a £10 million program, Sturgeon is under pressure to make the four-day work week permanent.

The majority of Scots want a four-day working week, thus NICOLA Sturgeon is under pressure to implement it for all Scots.

According to research conducted by IPPR Scotland, 80% of people believe that reducing their working days without losing pay will have a “good influence on their wellbeing.”

The report was commissioned by a think tank after SNP ministers stated they would investigate trial programs, but only in office employment, with £10 million in funding.

The pilots are being held in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak, which has caused modifications in working methods.

According to IPPR Scotland, the Scottish Government should expand such programmes to encompass new sectors of the economy, such as non-office workers, shift workers, and part-time employees.

Trial schemes, according to officials, may not adequately examine the impact of such a changeover unless lower-paid sectors, as well as individuals who may find the transition to a four-day week more challenging, are included in the pilot.

According to the poll, 88 percent of people would be happy to participate in experimental schemes put up by Holyrood ministers.

“The Scottish Government is right to be trialing a four-day working week because today’s evidence shows that it is a policy with overwhelming public support, and could be a positive step towards building an economy hardwired for wellbeing,” said Rachel Statham, senior research fellow at IPPR Scotland.

“However, any effective post-Covid-19 transition must involve all forms of workplaces and work.

“Many individuals in Scotland do not work full-time, nine-to-five office jobs, and shorter working time trials must reflect this reality.

“As a result, we must investigate what shorter working time looks like from the perspective of shift workers, those who work excessive hours to make ends meet, or people who now work less hours than they would like.”

“The pandemic has served to enhance interest in and support for more flexible working arrangements, which might include a shift to a four-day working week,” a Scottish Government spokesman said.

“Workweek reductions may help to maintain more and better jobs while also improving wellbeing.

“We are in the early stages of planning a £10 million pilot program to help businesses assess the benefits and costs of switching to a four-day work week.

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