Many professionals work over 40 and 50 hours per week.
The majority of people also cite career progression as the reason for changing their job.
A survey has revealed that more than two-thirds of professionals work over 40 hours a week as opposed to the generic 9-5 timetable.
The survey by recruitment specialists Robert Walters states that of the 2,200 office workers asked, 68% of people work more than the 9-5 average expects.
Of the candidates, only 16% admitted to taking their full lunch break whilst only 26% said that they ‘never’ work on the weekend. The survey also showed that more than three-quarters of those asked said that they do not get any formal recognition for the extra time that they work.
The results show that some professionals can work even more hours than this, including 30% of people in the legal field and 24% of Human Resource professionals working more than 50 hours per week with these professions ‘sometimes’ or ‘always’ working the weekends.
Managing Director of London Contract Recruitment at Robert Walters, Nick Dunnett said: “The survey results are interesting and reflect the pressure teams and departments are currently under with rising workloads. Perhaps for this reason, we are finding that work-life balance is becoming an increasingly important factor for professionals looking to move jobs.
“While people are prepared to put up with isolated peaks in workload for the good of their career and generally accept it as part and parcel of the job requirement, few are willing to work all hours of the day for extended periods. Employers that recognise this when recruiting are currently able to secure extremely talented people,” he added.
The survey also revealed that 60% of those asked believe that the most likely reason for them to seek a new role is career progression whilst 47% said that three to five years is the optimum time to spend in a job, of these 30% believe that three years is the right amount of time.
Overseas experience was deemed to be either ‘essential’ or ‘extremely’ useful to career development by 43% of the participants and 78% believe that they would benefit from a formal mentoring programme.
Managing Director of Permanent Recruitment, Toby Fowlston said: ”With career development overwhelmingly the main reason why professionals seek new jobs and the majority of people believing they would benefit from a mentoring programme.
“Consequently, employers that focus on their training and development are more likely to retain staff in the current market. Perhaps the survey results are reflective of businesses not having the capacity to offer these incentives at the moment,” he added.