More than one in three people in the UK have taken on a second job in order to make ends meet as the economy begins to recover from the recession, it has been revealed.
However, while working more hours could see people boosting their finances, the ramifications for workplace well-being are not so positive, it has been warned.
According to law firm Peninsula, in the past year the number of Britons holding down a second job has increased from 26 per cent to 38 per cent.
This has led to concerns that part-time employment may soon overtake full-time in the UK workplace, while for employers there may be negative consequences of such a trend in terms of staff motivation and well-being.
Managing director of the form Peter Done said: “Taking on a second job may well be a short-term answer to financial difficulties but it often has long-term consequences.”
He added working longer hours may not be advisable in terms of a person’s health, meaning it is important to weigh up the benefits against the risks before taking on additional work.
The news comes shortly after the Trades Union Congress revealed more people are now working “extreme” levels of overtime, without pay.