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Germany to begin 4-day work week trial

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According to the report, it comes as the European country suffers from a significant skills shortage, which is expected to be exacerbated by the departure of more than seven million people in the labour force by 2035.

Employees in Germany are already demanding for shorter work weeks as well as pay rises of more than 20%, knowing that they are at an advantage in the negotiation table, according to the report.

The call for a shorter work week comes despite Germany already having one of the shortest average work weeks across the world with 34 hours, according to 4 Day Week Global.

A standard work week there is from Monday to Friday, with working hours starting from 8am or 9am to 5pm.

“Employees are allowed to work up to 10 hours per day, as long as the total weekly work time is not longer than 48 hours. Typically, work time should not exceed eight hours per day,” 4 Day Week Global said on its website.

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