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One in four unhappy with work-life balance

A quarter of UK workers (25%) are unhappy with their work-life balance, according to research by Investec Private Banking.

Investec surveyed 2,000 UK professionals about their work-life balance. Almost a third (29%) said their work-life balance had got worse since 2010, but a third (33%) said they were optimistic about their work-life balance getting better over the next five years.

Professionals in London are most likely to be “workaholics”, with 38% saying their friends and family describe them as such. But 64% still said they “loved” working in the capital.

Investec head of banking Wayne Preston said: “We continue to see high levels of demand being placed on professionals throughout the UK. Advancements in technology make it harder than ever to ‘switch off’ outside the office and achieve an ideal work-life balance.

“Life doesn’t exist solely between the hours of 9 and 5, and working in a global marketplace across multiple time zones means the pressure to be always-on is high.”