For graduates starting their first jobs, it can be difficult to imagine what full time working life will be like… from new colleagues to a whole different set of targets and pressures. One important aspect of any new job is the average working hours you will be expected to fulfill, however some graduates may feel uncomfortable asking about work-life balance during interviews – perhaps worried that it may give off the ‘wrong impression’.

After looking through our graduate review data, we bring you the average working hours you can expect from each of the main sectors, along with the average work-life balance rating (top five sectors with the longest average working hours are in bold)…

Career Average Working Hours Work-Life Balance (/5.0)
Accounting 8am – 5pm 3.9
Administration & Customer Service 8am – 5pm 3.9
Advertising, Marketing & PR 8am – 5pm 4.0
Banking & Finance 8am – 5pm 3.9
Charity & Voluntary Work 9am – 5pm 3.7
Construction & Civil Engineering 8am – 5pm 3.8
Consumer Goods & FMCG 8am – 5pm 3.9
Creative & Performing Arts 8am – 5pm 3.9
Education 8am – 5pm 3.9
Energy & Utilities 8am – 5pm 4.0
Engineering & Manufacturing 8am – 5pm 3.9
Government, Public Sector & International Development 8am – 5pm 4.0
Health & Social Care 8am – 5pm 4.0
Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism 8am – 6pm 3.7
HR & Employment 8am – 5pm 3.9
Information Services & Research 8am – 5pm 4.0
IT & Telecoms 8am – 5pm 3.9
Insurance & Pensions 8am – 6pm 3.9
Journalism & Publishing 8am – 5pm 4.1
Law 9am – 7pm 3.4
Management Consulting 8am – 6pm 3.8
Media & Broadcasting 9am – 5pm 4.2
Property & Housebuilding 8am – 5pm 3.8
Retail  8am – 6pm 3.8
Science & R&D 8am – 5pm 4.1
Transport, Logistics & Distribution 8am – 5pm 4.0

 


When each graduate completes a job review with TheJobCrowd, we ask them a number of questions such as ‘what is most important to your career?’ or ‘how long do you expect to stay in your current job?’. These responses from thousands of grads have given us some great insights into what they’re really after.

To find out more about TheJobCrowd’s graduate insights, say hello at info@thejobcrowd.com

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Jazz Panesar is a Digital and Technology Apprentice at Severn Trent. Read Jazz’s story here.

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