40 companies offering employees four-day week with same pay – see full list

40 firms will be offering their workers a new four-day working week for the same pay they're currently on.

Camera chain Canon will soon be allowing employees to work fewer days for the same pay with Morrisons following too.

The Mirror reports that the camera giant will trial a three day weekend as part of a six-month trial run by academics at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

The pilot will see staff work up to 35 hours each week, but split over four days rather than five.

The moves come as discussion builds around the potential benefits of giving workers an extra day off.

Canon Medical Research, which develops AI software, will run the trial among its 140 employees.

Think tank Autonomy argues benefits of a four day week include increased productivity and improved staff retention.

Job site Adecco says it can also relieve pressure on working parents but highlighted the fact that it is not possible in all industries and could lead to more workplace stress as staff cram more work into fewer days.

Other large companies looking at the four-day week include Unilever, the maker of consumer goods ranging from Marmite to Dove soap.

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UK supermarket chain Morrisons has also said it would introduce the measure for employees at its Bradford headquarters, according to The Guardian.

Will Stronge, at think tank Autonomy, said: “This study shows that the world's largest-ever trial of a shorter working week in the public sector was by all measures an overwhelming success.

“It shows that the public sector is ripe for being a pioneer of shorter working weeks – and lessons can be learned for other governments.”

List of 40 companies currently offering a four-day week

  1. 3D Issue – a digital publishing platform
  2. Advice Direct Scotland – an advice hub
  3. Autonomy – an independent thinktank
  4. Big Potato Games – a board game company
  5. Blink – a specialist digital marketing agency
  6. CMG Technologies – 3D metal moulding
  7. Causeway Irish Housing Association – a not-for-profit organisation provind temporary accommodation for young single homeless people
  8. Charlton Morris – a specialist search firm
  9. Common Knowledge – a not-for-profit building digital tools for grassroots organisers
  10. Contour Couture – an aesthetics company
  11. Crystallised – a marketing agency
  12. Datalase – laser equipment supplier
  13. Earth Science Partnership – a consultancy of engineers, geologists and applied environmental scientists
  14. Elektra Lighting – lighting consultants
  15. Entrepreneurs Circle – a business development service
  16. Evolved – search marketing specialists
  17. Four Day Week Ltd – a jobs site for four day week and flexible roles
  18. Geeks For Social Change – software developers, activists and researchers with a social agenda
  19. Gracefruit – a cosmetics company
  20. Highfield Professional Solutions – an employment agency
  21. Legacy Events – an events management company
  22. MRL – a specialist recruitment company for high technology and financial markets
  23. PTHR – a design, development and change consultancy
  24. Punch Creative – a digital marketing agency
  25. Reboot – a digital marketing firm
  26. Resilience Brokers – working to improve climate resilience
  27. Reward Agency – a marketing agency
  28. STOP AIDS – a HIV and AIDS charity
  29. Sinister Fish Games – a board game company
  30. Social Enterprise Direct – a technological solutions company
  31. Softer Success – working with employees to prevent burnout
  32. T-Cup Studios – helping employee wellbeing
  33. Target Publishing – an independent publisher
  34. Technovent – a supplier of medical products for the body prosthesis sector
  35. The Circle – hub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and businesses
  36. The UPAC Group – a packaging supplier
  37. Venture Stream – a digital marketing agency
  38. YWCA Scotland – a movement of women leading change
  39. flocc – a digital marketing agency
  40. streamGO – an events platform

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