East Lothian Courier

Business motors to a four-day week


STAFF at a campervan conversion specialist have adopted a four-day working week – without losing any wages.

Jerba Campervans, based near North Berwick, has taken the step to close on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

The 15 members of staff work an extra hour from Tuesday to Friday, resulting in the official working week dropping from 37.5 hours to 34 hours.

Jerba Campervans is believed to be the first automotive company to join the growing number of UK firms moving to a four-day working week, as part of a campaign by 4 Day Week.

Simon Poole, co-founder of the business at Halfland Barns, east of North Berwick, said: “We are proud to be pioneering the four-day working week within the automotive industry.

“As a progressiv­e, 100 per cent employee-owned company, we believe this will have wide-ranging benefits for our staff and our business, without negatively impacting upon our customers.

“Reducing working hours while maintainin­g pay is a positive step

forward for our workforce.

“We are very confident that it will enhance wellbeing and work/life balance, boost productivi­ty, and help us to both retain and attract talented staff.”

At the heart of the four-day week principle is a belief that shortened weeks without loss of pay improve productivi­ty and staff wellbeing, while also reducing companies’ carbon footprint.

According to studies, 92 per cent of companies that have taken part in the pilot programme have decided to continue with the four-day week transition.

Jerba Campervans will be the third company with a presence in Scotland to join the programme.

Joe Ryle, director of the 4 Day Week Campaign, said: “Congratula­tions to Jerba Campervans, who have recognised that the four-day week with no loss of pay improves productivi­ty, and is a win-win for both workers and employers.

“Workers are desperate for a better work/life balance after Covid and now is the perfect time for companies to implement a shorter working week.

“Organisati­ons should embrace the four-day week as a way of retaining staff, attracting new talent and embracing the future of work.”

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Staff at Jerba Campervans are now working four days a week

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