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Hours

7.9 / 10

(based on 19 ratings in 2018)

2018

"This is dependent on the team you are in. For management roles, there is a need to be at your desk 9.00 am to 5.30 pm to pick up emails and answer the phone to the client. There tends to be a greater degree of flexibility in the transactional departments so long as you are getting all of your work done to a high standard."
Graduate, Birmingham
"9.30 am to 5.30 pm. My employer is happy for me to work these hours as long as I get my work done. I am expected to come in earlier or leave later if needs be."
Graduate, London
"My department is not very flexible when it comes to hours but the opportunity to work from home is always readily available and a great option for me as I live an hour from the office."
Graduate, Cambridge
"I am frequently in the office until past 7.30 pm. This is not imposed on me, I just feel these extra hours are required in order to get the work done. It is not currently leaving me much time for my APC (assessment of professional competence)."
Graduate, Chelmsford
"It depends on your department head but mine is particularly relaxed and very flexible. Working from home is occasionally allowed and the general consensus is that, if you get your work done well and on time, it doesn't matter where you do it from."
Graduate, London
"The hours are good and can be flexible if you have a good reason, such as meeting clients or social days. Some people start early but it mostly depends on your team."
Graduate, London
"My manager is very flexible and my hours are longer due to my enjoyment of the work I am doing. Currently 8.30 am to 7.00 pm."
Graduate, London

2016

"The working hours are 9.00 am – 5.30 pm, which is fairly typical in this profession. Sometimes, however, your day is longer. Especially when out on site, carrying out inspections, or travelling to different cities for meetings. I don't mind this as I want a job that is varied and not always sat behind a desk."
Graduate, Birmingham
"Work hours are officially 9.30 am – 5.30 pm but people tend to work from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm. The hours are very reasonable compared to other firms and other industries. You're expected to manage your work-load to make sure you deliver things on time and finish your work before you leave (within reason). If you get your work done for the day then there really is no need to stay at your desk for the sake of it, as seems to be expected at other firms."
Graduate, London
"Hours are flexible to an extent. You should expect to have to stay until work has been completed occasionally though."
Graduate, London
"My working hours are 9.00 am – 5.30 pm. My line manager takes a common sense approach with regards to working hours and tries to be flexible where possible."
Entry level, Birmingham
"I rarely need to work late, usually finishing by 5.30 pm."
Graduate, London
"9.00 am – 5.30 pm. If the work has been done then we can relax."
Entry level, Birmingham
"It depends on department but my hours generally tend to be 9.15 am – 5.30 pm. It also depends on your line manager. As long as I get my work done, it doesn't matter how long I'm working for."
Graduate, London (City)
"Contracted hours are 9.00 am – 5.30 pm. However, there is a clear expectation that you should exceed these if you want to impress those higher up in the company. Generally, I work 8.30 am – 6.00 pm, or thereabouts."
Graduate, Birmingham

2014

"Average hours are 8:30am-5:45pm and are very flexible. If you have a doctor's appointment or car MOT, as long as you give prior notice, you're fine to go."
Graduate, Birmingham
"As long as you do your work then the company are often accommodating of slight flexibility."
Graduate, London
"The hours you work depend on the department. Certain times of the year can be incredibly demanding. Overall working hours are as I would expect."
Graduate, London
"I typically work 8:30am-6:30pm. The team is fairly flexible when it comes to work but owing to the fact that our clients are large corporates, my team typically works longer hours than other departments. Fortunately, the work is interesting."
Graduate, London
"In my experience the hours are not overly flexible but there are often times where I have to spend the day out of the office undertaking inspections, etc. This is a welcome change and means that every day of the week isn't spent at a desk."
Graduate, Birmingham
"If you are performing well and doing what is required then it doesn't matter what hours you are doing. A lot of companies expect 8:00am starts and 6:00pm finishes even though the same amount of work is done. In other words, if you need to catch up or are extremely busy then arrive early and stay late. If not, there is no point pretending to be busy."
Graduate, Bristol
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