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CV Library Comment – Working Hours Exceed ONS Reports of 37.5/week


Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments:

“The ONS reports that full-time professionals are working 37.5 hours per week; however, CV-Library research suggests that while many full-time employees are contracted to work these hours, the majority are actually working 41.3 hours per week. In fact, 14.2% of full-time professionals admit to working over 10 hours per day, which far exceeds the 48-hour weekly limit currently imposed by EU employment laws; and the situation could worsen in the event of a Brexit – if we leave the EU and the security blanket of a maximum 48 hour week is removed then UK workers could face even longer working days.”


CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 12m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 200 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.


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