Four-day working week plans for parts of the UK

A four-day working week will be “piloted” in Scotland with the help of a £10million fund under a manifesto pledge by the SNP. 

Nicola Sturgeon pledged to trial the radical shake-up if she remains First Minister after the Scottish Parliament elections on May 6.

But a full shift would only happen if Scotland “gains full control of employment rights” from Westminster, the SNP added.

Boris Johnson ’s official spokesman today said the Prime Minister had “no plans for a four day week” in the UK. 

And a Scottish Labour source claimed: “This pledge will join other headline grabbing attempts over the years – like abolishing the council tax or closing Scotland’s attainment gap – in ending up just hollow words.”

A four-day working week will be “piloted” in Scotland with the help of a £10million fund under a manifesto pledge by the SNP. 

Nicola Sturgeon pledged to trial the radical shake-up if she remains First Minister after the Scottish Parliament elections on May 6.

But a full shift would only happen if Scotland “gains full control of employment rights” from Westminster, the SNP added.

Boris Johnson ’s official spokesman today said the Prime Minister had “no plans for a four day week” in the UK.

Backers of a four-day week argue it is needed to spread thinning job prospects more fairly amid a rise of automation.

They also argue it would safeguard a work-life balance. Labour argued for a 32-hour week within a decade under Jeremy Corbyn. 

The SNP manifesto pledges to “explore the transition to a four-day week with a £10m fund to allow companies to pilot and measure its benefits”.