Revealed: The Best Cities In The UK For Work-Life Balance

Maintaining a good balance between a fruitful career and a healthy life outside of the workplace is no easy feat, but which city in the UK can claim to have the best work-life balance?

You might think that the majority of full time workers, wherever they live in the country, would work a standard 37.5-hour week, but official figures tell a different story.

For example, did you know that Londoners actually work less hours than the national average?

Or that Boston in Lincolnshire and Stirling up in Scotland put in the most and least hours?

Check out the data below to see where your city or region ranks…

And here’s a look at the data in a little more depth…

Firstly looking at the best and the worst cities in the UK…

Highest 10 Mean Hours Worked p/w Lowest 10 Mean Hours Worked p/w
Boston 41.1 Stirling 37.7
Corby 40.8 Edinburgh 37.7
Chesterfield 40.7 Swansea 38.1
Doncaster 40.6 Fareham 38.1
Harlow 40.3 Brighton & Hove 38.1
Carlisle 40.2 St Albans 38.1
Braintree 40.2 Rochford 38.1
Maldon 40.2 Trafford 38.1
Slough 40.2 Manchester 38.1
Dover 40.2 Horsham 38.1

And now by region…

Regions Mean Hours Worked p/w
United Kingdom 39.1
England 39.1
North East 39.2
North West 39.0
Yorkshire and The Humber 39.2
East Midlands 39.4
West Midlands 39.5
East 39.3
London 38.7
South East 38.9
South West 39.1
Wales 39.2
Scotland 38.7
Northern Ireland 39.6

And finally, let’s look at London…

London Mean Hours Worked p/w
London 38.7
Inner London 38.3
  Camden 38.1
  City of London 37.2
  Hackney 38.1
  Hammersmith and Fulham 38.1
  Haringey 38.1
  Islington 37.7
  Kensington and Chelsea 38.1
  Lambeth 38.4
  Lewisham 38.5
  Newham 39.7
  Southwark 38.2
  Tower Hamlets 37.9
  Wandsworth 38.3
  Westminster 38.4
Outer London 39.0
  Barking and Dagenham 40.6
  Barnet 38.3
  Bexley 39.3
  Brent 39.6
  Bromley 38.1
  Croydon 38.7
  Ealing 39.4
  Enfield 39.1
  Greenwich 38.9
  Harrow 39.0
  Havering 39.6
  Hillingdon 39.5
  Hounslow 39.3
  Kingston upon Thames 38.5
  Merton 38.7
  Redbridge 38.5
  Richmond upon Thames 38.0
  Sutton 38.9
  Waltham Forest 39.1


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