Londoners work an average rate of 100 hours a year more than the rest of the UK, according to new data.
The Office of National Statistics( ONS) figures show the average driving week in London is 33 hours, the longest since the 2008 financial crisis.
The average driving week in the UK – including part-time project – is 31 hours, according to the figures.
The UK employs shorter hours than the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development( OECD) average .
London’s young demographic, high cost of living and absorption of “higher skilled work” starts a culture of longer hours, according to Prof Ronald McQuaid.
The professor of labour and employment at the University of Stirling told the BBC: “Certain industries, such as financial services, commonly project longer hours and there’s a high concentration of these in London.
“Younger works are more likely to work longer hours more, peculiarly if living in an expensive area”.
This leaves commuters “needing to work more hours to make up the cost of travel, ” according to Prof McQuaid.
London has the UK’s highest proportion of workers in full-time employ( 79% ), each driving an average rate of 38 hours per week.
According to the Confederation of British Industry( CBI ), Londoners also deserve about 10 per hour more than the UK average. Prof McQuaid said this meets it “more worthwhile for Londoners to stay at work”.
Working longer hours has been linked to deteriorating physical and mental health.
Long hours and traumatic working conditions “have created a lethal onu on Londoners” suggests Sian Berry, who represents the Green Party on the London Assembly.
“It impacts on the time you spend on taking care of yourself, ” she added.
However, UK working hours are “considerably shorter” than the USA, Turkey and New Zealand, according to OECD data.
Len Shackleton, Research Fellow at the Institute for Economic Liaison, suggests “while it is often expected the UK is prone to a long hours culture, that is not necessarily the case”.
He included: “Individual alternative represents an important role in determining working hours. Endurance for long hours and longing for extra money runs across the population.”