Long hours are the norm

Two thirds of accountants are working more than 40 hours a week with their sense of responsibility, the need to get the job done and job satisfaction driving them to work longer hours.

Accompanying rewards to the 40-hour week continued to appeal to respondents to this year’s survey. Three quarters of those surveyed said they felt appreciated for their efforts within their organisations. Salary was also a major factor in levels of satisfaction.

But accountants seem happy to put in longer hours. The majority of those surveyed did not mind working more than 40 hours a week and were happy with salary, benefits and personal recognition.

Catherine Rackliffe, managing director of Nigel Lynn Associates, said: ‘Companies which recognise the value of their employees balancing work demands with home life will inevitably reap the rewards of having a workforce which is driven by long-term motivating factors and not by short-term trends.’

More on the careers survey

Benefits – Are you getting enough?

The work-life balance

How do you see yourself?

Skills and barriers: Are you equipped for your job?

No longer a job for life

Long hours are the norm

FDs want early retirement

Leader – The case for work life balance

The millionaires’ club

Career focus: The valley of dreams

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