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Crane drivers work longest hours

9 Dec 11 Crane operators work more hours than any other trade or profession in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The ONS’s Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) showed that crane operators work an average of 52.8 hours a week. The report does not specify any distinction between operators of tower cranes, mobile cranes, dock cranes or other types of crane.

However, for construction workers - and all UK workers - the working week is getting shorter.

Those working in construction - 7% of the total UK workforce - tend to work the longest hours in the UK, but construction's working week has shrunk to a level that is now matched by manufacturing. In 1992 construction workers averaged approximately 43.1 hours a week. Now it is 41.2 hours.

In the second quarter of 2011 the average number of usual hours worked in the UK stood at 36.3 per week, down 4.7% from 38.1 hours per week in 1992.

Data from the Labour Force Survey, however, shows that, including unpaid overtime,the average working week for all those in full-time employment in the UK is 42.7 hours a week.

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