The French say they are ready to reduce their wages in exchange for the 4-day week

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Work less, quit to earn less. The idea attracted more and more French people. According to a study by the Manpower group, more than one in three employees would be willing to reduce their salary by 5% in exchange for a four-day work week. Despite the inflation and purchasing power crisis, workers are willing to sacrifice a little salary to maintain a good balance between their private and professional lives.

A conceivable effort

Marine, a 26-year-old police officer, receives 2,300 euros per month. 5% less salary, so 115 euros less every month. It’s a significant loss, especially in times of inflation, but one she would be willing to accept. “It is already an effort to live well for a month, especially given today’s times. Everything is increasing. After that, yes, it’s more calm. For example, my whole family lives in the provinces, which means that I can return to the provinces more often”.

Virginie, chef, could spare even a little more to get away for the weekend. “I would be willing to sacrifice 20% of my salary. I’m at 2,500 euros. We have a tiring job, we give ourselves all week and I think 2 days in the weekend can be short anyway”.

Better work-life balance…

Like them, more and more French people are looking for a better balance between their private and professional lives, explains Alain Roumilhac, President of the Manpower group: “The candidates have the choice, and then after each referee. We probably tended to think that the reward was the most important element. Rather, it should be seen as a balance being restored. People are willing to make a financial effort”.

Still, a measured effort: most of the French surveyed by Europe 1 would not be willing to give up much more than 5% of their salary.

…but not for everyone

For some, losing 5% is already impossible, such as Naima, a childcare worker who earns 1,500 euros a month. “It is not possible because life is expensive now, especially if you have children. 2%, maximum 3% but not 5%”, discovered the young woman at the microphone of Europe 1.


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