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Army: Working Hours

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours were worked per week on average by regular trained junior ranks in the Army in 2005-06; and whether time on annual leave was included in the calculations for the figures given on 16 June 2006, Official Report, column 1520W, on army personnel (working hours). (160249)

The Defence Analytical Service Agency (DASA) carry out a continuous sample survey of working patterns providing estimates of the average working hours per person, per week, for each service.

The results of the 2005-06 survey gave an estimate of an average of 45.2 "hours worked" per week for all regular trained junior ranks in the Army.

“Hours worked” includes time spent carrying out normal work, secondary duties, compulsory fitness training, organised sports and representational activities, but excludes annual leave, meal and tea breaks and time spent on call.

A copy of the 2005-06 Continuous Working Patterns report is available in the Library of the House.