More than 60% of workers want a four-day workweek, with 23.9% expressing interest in a 32-hour workweek, even if it means a pay cut, according to results from “The State of Compensation 2022 -23”, organised by Coverflex.

More than eight out of 10 Portuguese workers (86%) would like to see the length of their working week reduced and 62.1%, if given that option, would like to concentrate the 40-hour working week into four days. The data from the study on the future of work carried out by Coverflex, a startup that operates in the area of ​​employee benefits, comes at a time when the Government is discussing with the social partners the future pilot on the four-day week that should start in 2023. A proposal that has not been well received by company representatives.

The survey data – carried out between September 14 and October 4, 2022, with 1,438 people, mostly between 25 and 34 years old (46.5%), of which 51.1% were female, in their most of the Lisbon region (41.7%) – also reveal that 23.9% of workers would be available for a 32-hour workday, instead of the current 40h, even if this implies a salary reduction. Only 14% of respondents still prefer the current 40h/five-day model.