Trial of four-day working week confirmed

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A three-month trial of a four-day week for desk-based staff at South Cambridgeshire District Council will begin in January

At a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on Monday 12 September 2022, Cabinet Members agreed to proceed with the trial. Similar trials, including around 3,300 staff, are already underway at 70 other UK organisations. Cambridge City Council have a joint planning service with South Cambridgeshire District Council, and their Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee will consider the proposals and implications for that service on 10 October 2022.

A four-day week is when people work one less day per week but still get paid the same salary. It is not the same as compressed hours, which is working the traditional 37-hour week over four long days. A four-day week, which for a full-time employee at the Council would consist of 30 hours, can make an organisation stand out from others and be more attractive to talent.

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