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Scotland introduces 4 day work week for employees with no pay cut

The best part: their staff will still get paid the same amount despite working 20 percent less every week.

It might be time to jet off to Scotland once the opportunity arises because the British countryside is currently testing out a four-day workweek.

Instead of working the standard 38 hours a week, office-based Scottish men and women may soon only have to do their job for 30 hours, meaning they will have a three-day weekend every week.

And the best part? These workers are still going to get paid the same amount.

Their salary won’t change, despite the 20 percent cut to their working hours.

Instead, the output, not the hours, is what will justify their yearly wage.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) proposed the radical workweek in April before the party was re-elected in May. A new report, released last week, has made that proposition one step closer to reality, according to the BBC. Think-tank IPPR Scotland conducted a poll with its results released last week — which found that (unsurprisingly) 80 percent of people wanted a four-day workweek, citing wellbeing and productivity for the change.  The survey polled 2,203 people between ages 16 and 65. In another unsurprising move, and 88 percent of respondents offered to be part of the pilot program.

Two-thirds of respondents said a shorter working week would boost productivity across the country.

Two Scottish companies — Glasgow-based UPAC Group and Edinburgh-based Orocco — have already given their workers three-day weekends without docking their pay.

Now the Scottish government wants to trial it to potentially make it happen country-wide.

Workers “won’t suffer any loss in compensation” under the scheme, according to Forbes.

Instead, the SNP will funnel £10 million (A$18.6 million) to experiment with the program. A Scottish government spokesperson said the move had been prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, explaining: “The pandemic has served to intensify interest in and support for more flexible working practices, which could include a shift to a four-day working week.

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