WOULD you like an extra day off each week, while still receiving the same amount of pay?

Campaigners for a four-day working week say the scheme is the future of employment, and makes workers happier and more productive.

Now, they have launched a petition, calling on the Welsh Government to trial a four-day working week in Wales.

Scotland has already put forward plans to trial its own version, but in Wales the government here is focusing on its plans to pilot a Universal Basic Income scheme instead.

Mark Hooper, a campaigner for Four Day Working Week Cymru, has called on people in Wales to sign the petition and put pressure on decision-makers in the Senedd to investigate the scheme's benefits.

The petition will need to collect 10,000 signatures for the topic to be debated in the Senedd.

You can view the petition here.

“The time has come for Wales to follow Scotland and Spain's example by moving ahead with four-day week trials," Mr Hooper said.

“The four-day week with no loss of pay is good for workers, good for the economy and good for the environment.

"The 9-5, 5 day working week is no longer fit for purpose and it's time for change.”


Studies in other countries have shown that moving to a four-day working week boosts productivity and workers’ wellbeing, campaigners said, with productivity in Microsoft's Japan office increasing by 40 per cent when the firm trialled a four-day week there, with no loss of pay in their Japan office.

After successful trials of a shorter working week in Iceland – again with no reduction in pay – governments in Scotland, Ireland and Spain are all preparing their own four-day week pilots, and those trials are scheduled to begin early next year.