How many hours work is full‑time?

How many hours do I have to work to be full-time?

If you're looking for or just starting a full-time job, you might be wondering how many hours you're expected to work to be considered "full-time."

Well, the truth is, there's no standard number of hours that determine full-time work in the UK.

On average, full-time employees work around 37-40 hours a week. But this can vary depending on the industry, job role, and employer.

Some employers consider anything over 35 hours as full-time, while others might want their staff to work longer hours.

It's important to know that there are legal limits on how long you can work in without taking breaks.

The law says that you're entitled to a minimum 20-minute break if you work more than six hours a day. Also, you shouldn't work more than 48 hours per week on average, unless you opt out of this limit.

To know how many hours you're expected to work per week, you need to read your employment contract carefully.

If you're still unsure, ask your employer.

To sum up, there's no one-size-fits-all answer to how many hours you need to work to be considered full-time. But, as a rule, it's around 37-40 hours a week.

Just make sure you've read your employment contract and the legal limits on working hours, to make sure you're not overworked and underpaid.

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Published on 2 March 2023