The 32-hour week strategy could create up to half a million new full-time equivalent jobs in the public sector to make up for the shorter hours.
A study by a think tank- Autonomy, found that the shorter working week strategy would help to limit the rising of the unemployment rate in the country that started due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This strategy would be possible in public sector workers for working a 32-hour in a week with no loss of pay. The current average full-time public sector worker puts in 36.4 hours a week. The scheme would have an annual cost between £5.4bn and £9bn. Will Stronge, Autonomy's research director, said that the creation of a four-day week was 'the best option' for avoiding job loss looming currently.