New Research Reveals That 77% of Finance Professionals In The UK Want A Four-Day Working Week

 New study reveals attitudes towards remote working, hours and salaries in the UK 


Spendesk — the 7-in-1 spend management solution for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) — has released the results of a YouGov survey looking at how finance professionals in the UK view remote work, the four-day week, and salary increases.

Key findings of the report reveal that 80% of those surveyed think salaries should be raised to compensate for cost-of-living pressures – but only 21% of companies plan to do so. 77% would prefer a four-day working week, though only 5% of their employers are considering it.

And when it comes to remote working, 50% of young employees would leave their job if they were forced back into the office


Remote work satisfaction is high but there are concerns over office ‘favouritism’


YouGov’s survey found there is broad satisfaction with remote work opportunities among finance professionals, with almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents satisfied with the arrangements their companies provide. A third (32%) of those surveyed would consider leaving their job if they were forced back into the office full time, rising to 47% in the 35–44 age bracket.

Satisfaction with remote working conditions varies across the UK: the North West, West Midlands, and Wales scored lowest (54%, 52%, and 50% respectively), while London, the East Midlands and Yorkshire faired the best (69%, 70%, and 70%). However, finance workers in London feel the most pressure from employers to attend the office; experienced by 33% of respondents in the capital compared to the national average of 19%.



Anxiety over the more favourable treatment of in-office workers is evenly split overall, with 40% worried and 39% not; although the less job-secure 18 to 24-year-old bracket had the most concern (65%). Around half (46%) don’t miss in-person interaction when working remotely, although a quarter do, and 10% reported feelings of isolation. Only 5% of respondents said their company had allocated a dedicated budget for flexible working.


Strong desire for inflation-matched salaries and a four-day working week


When it comes to pay, 77% of respondents don’t think remote workers should be paid less, while 80% think overall salaries should be increased because of the rising cost of living and inflation — though only 21% said their companies have plans to do so.

More than three-quarters (77%) of finance workers in the UK would like a four-day working week. Their employers, however, are not so enthusiastic: only 5% of respondents said the company they work for is planning to introduce the policy.

Commenting on the survey, Paddy O’Neill, Country Manager, UK & Ireland, at Spendesk said: “Remote and hybrid working practices are here to stay, and it’s obvious from the survey findings that the UK’s finance workers place great importance on such arrangements. It’s also clear that there is still room for improvement when it comes to employers, with very few respondents knowing if their companies have a budget in place for flexible working, or a policy on the four-day week.

“Looking forward, it will be interesting to see how employers respond to ensure they retain workers, particularly with a recession looming, and surging inflation rates.”