More IT workers burning midnight oil than five years ago

Three-quarters of IT professionals admit to working outside office hours

More UK IT workers are burning the midnight oil now than five years ago, according to a survey from Regus.

Figures from the provider of managed office spaces revealed that nearly three-quarters (74%) of IT professionals claim to work beyond normal office hours.

In the survey of more than 3,000 people, 78% said their fixed hours were no longer enough to complete all their duties.

Furthermore, 93% said they had seen a rise in remote workers, compared with an average of 76% across all UK industry sectors.

“These findings clearly show that UK working practices continue to evolve. The fact that so many UK workers find that ‘regular’ hours no longer suit their roles should prompt companies to embrace flexible working practices,” said Regus's UK CEO, Richard Morris.

“Our clients frequently say that implementing flexible working has a strong impact on the productivity and well-being of employees,” he added. “Many companies still make the mistake of associating flexible working solely with home working, but dedicated workspaces offer the flexibility to work wherever and whenever it suits staff.”

In another recent Regus survey, which studied stress levels among IT workers compared with five years ago, 49% of IT workers admitted to being closer to burning out now.

Triggers for IT workplace stress include a lack of exercise, feeling understaffed and job insecurity.

Of those questioned, 71% said a break from the main office, or a change of scenery by working in another location, was a good stress reliever.

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