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1 in 20 Brits Vowed to Work Less in 2017, but it’s too Hard!


Almost half of Brits have already given up on their New Year’s Resolution and we’re only a quarter of the way through the year. According to a survey conducted by Paymentsense on 2000 people across the UK, 1 in 20 Brits wanted to lower their working hours in 2017, but 45% of these have already given up on it and got back to how they were in 2016.

Resolution Percentage of people
Get into shape 53%
Save more money 37%
Socialise more 16%
Be nicer to people 15%
Give up certain foods 15%

The 55+ age group had the highest amount of people state that they wanted to work less in 2017. More men than women wanted to give up working as much and Wolverhampton is the city where the most people wanted to work less, 13% of people in Wolverhampton wanted to work less in 2017.

40% of those who made the NYR to work less, did so after pressure from the loved ones in their life – 16% were influenced by family, 13% by friends and 11% by their partner.

Why did you give up your NYR of working less? %
Loss of willpower 60%
I was too busy 57%
It was too expensive 26%
It was too hard 29%
Other 2%


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