UK parents no longer work the longest hours in EU

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Fathers in the UK are no longer working the longest hours in Europe, according to a study of 17 countries published by NatCen Social Research, Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU, UCL Institute of Education) and the University of East Anglia (UEA). 

Workers in the UK once had the longest week in the EU, but a decline since 2001 in average working hours among fathers means this is no longer the case. In 2001, fathers in the UK worked an average of 46.1 hours per week. By 2013, this had decreased to 43 hours (including part-time workers).

Meanwhile, the average working week for all British mothers, including those who work part-time, has increased from 26.8 to 29.1 hours in the same time period. 

In 2013, the highest average weekly full-time working hours were found in Greece for both fathers (46 hours) and mothers (over 41 hours). UK fathers working full-time had the second longest hours on average (44.6), whereas full-time mothers worked on average 39.5 h

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