Should I cut my hours at work?
In half an hours time I’m done for the week. Tomorrow morning I’ll get up, chuck some stuff in the back of the car and head up to North Yorshire for a weekend of walking and over-eating with Mrs Binners. I don’t do Fridays. Been on a self-appointed (I’m freelance) 4 day week/3 day weekend for a good while now
Would I go back to five days a week for more money? Not a ****ing chance!!! 🙂
If you can earn what you need from working fewer hours, then it’s an absolute no-brainerPosted 4 months ago
So, the question really is – would you move from 36 hours a week to 34 hours a week for a £300 pay cut?
In my position no way, 2 hours is nothing.
But with the option of Fridays off that puts a totally different perspective on it. But I presume you finish early every day at the moment, would you miss that? You would also have the potential stress involved in line managing people.Posted 4 months agobenp1Subscriber
So, to put it another way
You’ve been offered a job that you are likely to enjoy more, gets you out and about, means you work normal hours (and therefore are likely to sleep better, with the resulting positive impact on your wellbeing), potentially can compress to a 4 day week so you get to do the things you want, and you can get some overtime potentially as well
(if you’re worried can you try it on a trial basis)Posted 4 months ago
A difficult dilemma presents itself – I know STW collectively love reduced hours at work, so I seek your help in making a decision!
An opportunity for a change of job role has arisen. I currently work a 36 hour week, but (owing to arcane regulations negotiated through our union) get paid for a 40 hour week – this includes a set of night shifts about every three weeks. My current job is often very easy, with lots of downtime but I am completely inactive, office based and getting fat. I have no ongoing supervisory responsibility (keep an eye on subordinates, but no PDRs). I take home about £2.3k every month.
The new role is a 34 hour position, mainly out of the office in the fresh air but with some meetings etc. I would be free to work a flexi pattern (within reason). I would have first line responsibility for three or four others, and second line for another eight or so. No night shifts. I would take home about £2k every month.
Advantages of new job
No night shifts
Flexi pattern a real possibility – a four day week entirely feasible
Out and about, in the fresh air and meeting people
Bit bored of my current role
I could generate a few hours overtime each month fairly easily
Three day weekends – more time with the nipper and on the bike
Disadvantages of new job
Lose £300 per month for 8 fewer hours at work – £37.50 per hour!
I’d have to actually work for my money, which I don’t really do now
So, the question really is – would you move from 36 hours a week to 34 hours a week for a £300 pay cut?Posted 4 months agoIHNMember
No brainer. Take the new job. You won’t actively miss £300 a month at that rate, and the time off is worth FAR more.
I’m considering asking if I can take unpaid tmie off. If I take off one day a week, that’s effectively a 20% pay cut. Still worth it for me
Can you not do compressed hours, like work ten days in nine and get a day off every other week with no loss in pay?Posted 4 months agoalmightydutchMember
I wouldn’t confuse ‘out in the open air’ with ‘driving about lots’. Would need to know the role more but in general office hours are substituted by driving hours. I know which I prefer nowadays. Years ago it was bliss when the roads weren’t chocka!
I’ve come the other way, field engineer to office bod. Knowing exactly what time I start and finish is a huge bonus over tackling a 10am start that’s 4-5 hours away or dealing with a problematic site/customer and not leaving until 5/6pm with the drive home.Posted 4 months agoTeetosugarsSubscriber
Can you not do compressed hours, like work ten days in nine and get a day off every other week with no loss in pay?
That’s what my wife does.She gets every 2nd Friday off.
I contract on a day rate, so tend to take these off too.
3 day weekend twice a month is spot on IMHO.
*Edit, I do “lose” a lot more than £300 a month tho, but still, its worth doing.Posted 4 months ago
On another point if you wouldn’t miss the £300 I’d be tempted to carry on as you are and stick that extra money in your pension or a stocks and shares isa – then retire earlier. Obviously depends how long you have to work but for me with 5 years left to work that extra could take 6 months off it.Posted 4 months agoGrahamSSubscriber
My own experience:
Dropped from 39h/5day week to a compressed 36h/4day week, so that I could spend more time with my kids while they were little.
I’d recommend it to anyone.
Obviously I get paid 36/39th of what I used to, but that’s before tax. After tax the difference isn’t really so great.
As of this term our youngest is now at school till 3:15, so I now have most of Fridays to myself. Not planning to go back full-time if I can help it!Posted 4 months agomilky1980Member
Look at your finances and see if you really can live without that £300. If you can then look at the other things you mentioned.
I took a pretty big pay cut to go down to a 4 day week 2 years ago, was about £300 a month I lost. I very quickly got used to the lower wage and the extra day to do stuff is a godsend. Having a day off midweek means you can get a lot of stuff done much, much quicker than on a weekend when everything is rammed. My wages have actually gone up now so I’m earning as much as I did on 4 days now as I did on 5 days back then (partly due to a wage increase but more to do with longer days and taking on two new responsibilities). The company have put a stop to anyone else dropping days like I did now so I have a lot of very envious colleagues at work, including my line manager as I earn nearly as much as him 😀Posted 4 months ago
Thanks for all your thoughts – some excellent food for thought.
To clear a few bits up – we could afford the pay cut, and the job is with the same organisation and in the same building. I’m quite excited about the prospect of seeing some daylight, and am leaning towards going for it. I’m planning to submit a shift pattern proposal which would be entirely to my convenience – if that is accepted then I’ll go for it.Posted 4 months ago
Different organisation or same? I’m fairly sure that I am due to start your current job role and I am dreading it.
Timidwheeler – same shower as before. Custody? I felt the same as you, but have massively enjoyed a change of pace and have learned loads, particularly disposals and safeguarding stuff. Time for a change after two and a half years though…Posted 4 months ago
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