The number of people working night shifts in the UK has risen by almost a tenth since 2011, according to The Trades Union Congress analysis

According to new TUC analysis ( raised by a tenth (almost by 280,000) from 2,860,286 in 2011 to 3,135,000 in 2016.


Over the past five years the number of females who work night shifts increased by 190,000 to 1,239,534, while the number of males increased by 86,000 to 1,895,332.

The most popular professions for women who work at night are care-working and nursing. From 2011 to 2016 the number of women care workers who work at night increased by 15% and 4% respectively.

The most popular professions for men who work at night are protective service occupations (military, security and police etc) and road transport. Whereas, the number of men working at night in these professions decreased by almost a third and slightly more than a tenth respectively over the past five years.

Besides, between 2011 and 2016 the capital of Great Britain- London has seen the largest growth in night shift workers (+98,000), followed by the South West (+50,000) and Wales (+40,000).

However, across all parts of the UK night-working has increased fastest in Northern Ireland (+58%), followed by London (+30%) and Wales (+29%).

Labour Force Survey

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