Greater work-life balance in North than South

The Irish Times reports (subs needed) that the Irish Lifestyles 2006 Work-Life Balance report by Mintel Ireland has highlighted some differences between life north and south of the border, the most notable being that in the Republic 58% of those surveyed were struggling to find a balance in their lives compared to just 38% in Northern Ireland. Interestingly, the report also found that while church attendance is down north of the border, there has been a 5.6% increase in the Republic.
Other findings include:

27% of workers in the Republic believe they work longer hours than they should compared to 24% in Northern Ireland.

22% in the Republic say they do not have time to do the things they enjoy compared to 19% in the North.

17% in the Republic and 16% in the North are too tired to socialise at the end of the day.

It seems that 14% of workers in the Republic work long hours to pay the bills compared to just 8% in the North.

10% of workers in the Republic and 15% of those in the North do not have enough time for their families

Women in northern Ireland work on average 38 hours a week, six hours more than their southern counterparts.

Watching television has also apparently dropped from being the favourite “leisure pursuit” in the Republic but remains number one in the North.

  • Keith M

    “Interestingly, the report also found that while church attendance is down north of the border, there has been a 5.6% increase in the Republic.”

    Hardly a surprise. The immigrant especially Polish, Lithuanian and Nigerian) communities have more that made up for the fall-off in attendence by Irish nationals.

    The figures for those born in Ireland and under 40 would make for interesting reading.

  • wild turkey

    a few questions

    can anyone find the actual report on the mintel site? i can’t

    to what extent are the north/south differences re: work/life balance a function of the relative proportions of public sector employment in the 2 jurisdictions?

    ie if you compared those employed in private sector north/south would a similar degree of difference persist?

  • George

    Wild Turkey,
    I couldn’t find it either. I think you have to pay for it. The only figures I could find were those cited in the Irish Times.