23.09.2020

Agents work just two-thirds of their maximum hours - claim

Figures drawn up by a property industry recruitment guru show that estate agents work only two thirds of the hours they could - and that’s sizeably less than solicitors, accountants and surveyors.

Rayner Personnel says it’s settled on the figure after using a benchmark of the government’s working time directive, which states Britons should work for no more than 48 hours a week, including all overtime.


Rayner analysed a number of professions and estate agents come well into the lower half of the league table. 


With an average work time of 41.4 hours per week, electricians are the hardest working profession, clocking up 86.3 per cent of the maximum weekly allowance.  


Close behind are police officers and plumbers on 85.8 and 83.5 per cent of the maximum allowance respectively.

Surveyors work 77.1 per cent, accountants 71.3 per cent, and solicitors 70.1 per cent.

Then Rayner Personnel comes to the agency profession and says: “With an average of 32 hours a week, estate agents clocked up just 66.7 per cent of the maximum allowance each week with only nurses, clergy, teachers, PAs and hairdressers coming in below them.”

However, chief executive Josh Rayner tries to soften the blow by saying that some of the hardest working professions may be under-represented by the average number of hours worked per week. 


He says: “Anyone that has worked in the property industry will know that it’s not your regular office nine to five. The average time spent working at your desk is a far cry from the actual reality of chasing paperwork after hours and working weekends to get a sale over the line. So the likely hood is, that any agent worth their salt is probably exceeding the maximum allowance week in week out.”


But he warns that more hours worked does not mean agents are doing a better job. 


“It’s very much about working smarter, not harder. The digital disruption of the property industry, in particular, has enabled us to streamline many parts of the selling process and this has allowed estate agents to be more productive in a shorter period of time” he adds. 


The full league table drawn up by Rayner Personnel, using government sources, is below.

Profession

Average hours worked per week

Working time directive max hours ave per week

Average hours worked as % of max weekly working hours limit

Electrician

41.4

48

86.3%

Police officer

41.2

48

85.8%

Plumber

40.1

48

83.5%

Pilot

38.4

48

80.0%

Engineer

37.9

48

79.0%

Chef

37.9

48

79.0%

Surveyor

37.0

48

77.1%

IT technician

36.5

48

76.0%

Sales/marketing associate

36.5

48

76.0%

Doctor

35.9

48

74.8%

Business analyst

35.8

48

74.6%

Accountant

34.2

48

71.3%

Lawyer / Solicitor

33.7

48

70.2%

Estate Agent

32.0

48

66.7%

Nurse

31.3

48

65.2%

Clergy

31.1

48

64.8%

Teacher

28.6

48

59.6%

PA / Secretary

28.1

48

58.5%

Hairdresser

26.4

48

55.0%

Cleaner

20.8

48

43.3%

United Kingdom (overall)

33.1

48

69.0%

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