Nine Hour Day
A reader said that a major bank told him he must work a nine hour day.
Here’s his story.
One contract I am about to sign, wants me to sign up for working day of 9 hours compared to my previous contracts for 37.5 hours a week.
The agency says all the banks have 9 hours working day including 1 hour for lunch. I do not see any reason why it should be different for a bank.
What are the normal working hours in the UK?
IT Contractor Reply
When you say that you have to work a 9 hour day, including an hour for lunch, I presume that you are actually working 8 hours of the day with an hour for lunch.
That’s a 40 hour week.
That’s only half an hour a day more than when you work a 37.5 hour week.
It’s hardly worth getting emotional about.
Normal Hours of Work
The normal in the UK is anywhere between 35 and 40 hours a week.
It’s usually 35, 37.5 or 40 hours that you do although I have seen 36 hours.
I think I worked 35 hours most on contracts, but have done 37.5 and 40 too.
Just divide your daily rate by the number of hours they want you to work to see your hourly rate and compare that to other offers or other contracts that you have worked.
Then make your decision,
Your hours are in the normal range for the UK – but on the high side of normal.
If you are asked to work outside that range you would be hard done by on the high side and delighted on the low side, with say a 32.5 hour week.
Hourly Rate v Daily Rate
However, what really counts is your hourly rate rather than your daily rate.
It used to be always hourly rates that were quoted for contractors.
Now, daily rates are pretty much universal.
That suits the client and the agency more than the contractor.