Ever wondered how much you earn on your tea breaks?
Our survey has revealed that UK office workers take home almost £1,700 a year for taking tea breaks, cigarette breaks and going to the toilet.
We asked 2,000 office-based employees about their work habits, and were surprised to learn that employees spend around 16 working days per year nipping away from their desk. This results in Brits earning 6.5% of their salary during their breaks!
Our study also revealed that breaks cost businesses £1,670.81 annually per staff member, as the average UK office employee earns approximately £25,400 annually and works 36.5 hours a week.
Brits have admitted to spending 5.6 working days (41.2 hours) during working hours on social media. Off the back of this, they rake in £597 every year from checking their social updates, with 25-34 year olds doing this most often.
While the number of smokers in the UK has decreased, 37% of office workers still spend around 17.6 hours per year taking fag breaks during work time, costing employers £255.
A further discovery was that British Office workers earn £357 a year during their tea and coffee breaks, spending the equivalent of 3 working days, or 24.6 hours, in the kitchen. Workers spend almost double that time (42.9 hours) in the toilet, costing their employers a whopping £622 annually. This makes up for 2.45% of the average office workers’ wage!
When it comes to time wasted on social media, women are significantly guiltier than their male counterparts, spending around 1/3 more time on their different social channels during working hours.
Online shopping at work was also found to be a common theme in UK offices, with the average employee racking up a yearly outgoing of £176 whilst making purchases from their desk.
Londoners were found to be the most dedicated to browsing online shops whilst at work, with around 6% of respondents spending over £100.
Workers from London also waste the most time on social media, with 4% of them admitting to spending over an hour a day surfing through their various social profiles.
On a nicer note, 15% of the respondents in our survey work for free in either charity or voluntary placements.
In the aftermath of Brexit, it will be interesting to see whether these statistics remain the same in next few years. It’s a worrying time for British employees as the relationship between the UK and the EU continues to fracture and it’s unknown whether Brits will be provided with the same workers’ rights as they currently enjoy.