Cambridgeshire council four-day week trial hailed a success

Cambridgeshire council four-day week trial hailed a success

The primary ever council trial of a four-day-week has been hailed as a hit, with common worker efficiency enhancing.

South Cambridgeshire District Council trialled a four-day week for desk-based workers for 3 months, starting in January of this yr.

Workers might take both Monday or Friday off, and their pay was not affected.

In response to the Bennett Institute for Public Coverage primarily based on the College of Cambridge, which analysed the outcomes, efficiency improved general – with important enchancment in some areas.

In consequence, an extension of the trial for an additional yr has been advisable to the council’s management, in addition to a three-month trial for workers within the amenities administration group and shared waste companies.

The additional trials will go to a vote on the subsequent full council assembly on Could 15.

Nina Jorden, analysis affiliate on the Bennett Institute for Public Coverage, stated that “not a single KPI fell to a regarding degree” throughout the trial.

“Performing 4 various kinds of rigorous information evaluation, 9 out of 16 efficiency measurements confirmed a major enchancment throughout the four-day week trial in comparison with the identical interval final yr, and that is regardless of some targets being raised internally,” she stated.

“General, we noticed an enchancment on common throughout efficiency measurements throughout the four-day week. You will need to emphasise that not a single KPI fell to a regarding degree throughout the trial.”

Joe Ryle, director of the 4 Day Week Marketing campaign, stated the trial “paves the best way” for different councils to observe South Cambridgeshire’s lead.

“South Cambridgeshire’s historic trial has been an simple success and it paves the best way for different councils throughout the nation to observe their lead,” he stated.

“All staff on this nation deserve a four-day week and so it’s solely honest that public sector staff profit too.

“The proof exhibits {that a} four-day week with no lack of pay improves productiveness and is a win-win for each staff and employers.”

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