Manufacturing business owners work 41% longer than average Brit

Posted on 12 Aug 2013

Small business owners in the manufacturing are working an average of 45 hours a week, nearly 41% longer than the average Britain, according to new research.

The research, commissioned by small business call handling company Penelope, found entrepreneurs in the construction industry worked the longest week at 62 hours.

Recent employment statistics from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal a growing trend of longer working hours with a 0.3% increase in hours worked over the last three months.

With 56% of manufacturing business owners stating they would prefer to have more money than time, the figures indicate the priority financial success takes for owners in the industry.

Ed Reeves, co-founder of Penelope, said: “These results show the hard work and dedication being invested by micro business owners in the manufacturing industry.”

Reeves added: “Choosing how much time to invest in your business can sometimes be a tough decision for business owners, however there are tools available to alleviate some of the pressure and ensure that they can be flexible about the work they leave behind at the end of the day.

“It’s possible to own a small company and have a healthy work life balance, with all the reassurance that they’re not missing out on valuable business opportunities.”