Bolton’s workers put in more hours

First published in News

PEOPLE in Bolton work longer hours than those in the rest of England.

In Bolton, 60.4 per cent of employed people work full-time hours of between 31 and 48 hours per week, compared to 57.6 per cent in the rest of England.

The figures, part of the 2011 census, also revealed Bolton has higher unemployment figures than the rest of the country.

They showed the town has 0.3 per cent more unemployed women than England, and 0.8 per cent more unemployed men.

More people are registered sick or disabled, with 5.4 per cent of women in Bolton, compared to 3.8 per cent in England, and 6.2 per cent of men in Bolton, compared to 4.3 per cent in England.

Figures for the number of unemployed 16 to 24-yearolds showed 1.2 per cent of women were unemployed in Bolton, compared to 0.9 per cent in England, and 1.9 per cent of men in Bolton, compared to 1.5 per cent.

The census also revealed the twon has fewer managers, directors and people in professional positions than nationally, but more people in sales, customer services and those who work as machine operatives.

More than a quarter of people in Bolton have no qualifications.

The census results show 26.3 per cent of the population does not have qualifications, compared to 22.5 per cent in England.

But the number of people achieving apprenticeships in Bolton was 0.7 per cent higher than in the rest of the country.

Dr Stephen Liversedge, a GP and Bolton CCG clinical director, said: “It is important to maintain a good worklife balance, but that is about more than just the number of hours a person works. Getting job satisfaction and feeling able to have an active and enjoyable life outside of work are just as important.

“Our health trainers, in GP surgeries, are available to talk to patients about making sure they fit keeping active and healthy into their working life.”

Horwich health and safety expert Sue Scott, director of Comply at Work, said: “There is an association between working long hours and fatigue, with evidence from studies also showing a link with increased accidents and ill-health, both physically and mentally in some individuals.

“This does seem to be cause for concern, particularly within the driving occupations and higher-risk industries.”

A council spokesman said: “Upskilling the population, including those in work is a priority.

The town centre Education Zone brings together Bolton Sixth Form College, Bolton College and the University of Bolton catering for about 30,000 learners.

“Maximising partnership working will also see Bolton’s long-term unemployment reduce over the next decade with a workforce skilled in sectors that are in demand.”

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10:54am Sat 5 Jan 13

grimtown says...

Do the hours of work include the communte to work. In Bolton the communte for most working people includes 17 hours a week queuing on the M61 M60 with the mass exodus from Bolton to boroughs where work is plenty full.
The m60 is packed due to lack and quality of rolling stock on the railways.
The busesare that old reg varney was once seen driving one with olive on the back seat with the conductor.



Rather than sit with the rest of the DWP work shy in Bolton which was a third of its population on the last count.

But as long as Cliff Morris thinks in his world Bolton is booming thats fine.

Working 60 hours with 20 hours commute and the price of fuel running a car for 20 hours a week.

All this and Cliff is only interested in Mosques and University.

Education is excellent but in Bolton there are little investment oppurtunities to utilize that education.

Plenty of places to pray for change Lord Clifford.
Do the hours of work include the communte to work. In Bolton the communte for most working people includes 17 hours a week queuing on the M61 M60 with the mass exodus from Bolton to boroughs where work is plenty full. The m60 is packed due to lack and quality of rolling stock on the railways. The busesare that old reg varney was once seen driving one with olive on the back seat with the conductor. Rather than sit with the rest of the DWP work shy in Bolton which was a third of its population on the last count. But as long as Cliff Morris thinks in his world Bolton is booming thats fine. Working 60 hours with 20 hours commute and the price of fuel running a car for 20 hours a week. All this and Cliff is only interested in Mosques and University. Education is excellent but in Bolton there are little investment oppurtunities to utilize that education. Plenty of places to pray for change Lord Clifford. grimtown
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11:52am Sat 5 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

do managers take no responsibility for those under them? this includes kicking them out at lunchtime to walk round the block - good for the worker, good for the firm.
do managers take no responsibility for those under them? this includes kicking them out at lunchtime to walk round the block - good for the worker, good for the firm. oftbewildered2
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1:24pm Sat 5 Jan 13

grimtown says...

Do the hours of work include the communte to work. In Bolton the communte for most working people includes 17 hours a week queuing on the M61 M60 with the mass exodus from Bolton to boroughs where work is plenty full.
The m60 is packed due to lack and quality of rolling stock on the railways.
The buses are that old reg varney was once seen driving them with olive on the back seat with the conductor.

Rather than sit with the rest of the DWP work shy in Bolton which was a third of its population on the last count according to the BEN in recent months economic inactivity is rife in Bolton.

Cliff Morris thinks in his world Bolton is booming thats fine but for the overworked 50/60 hour weeks paid for 37.5 of those are supplementing the under worked of the town is this not morally wrong.

It pays to be on benefits if a town the size of Bolton can boom when one third of its population are economically inactive no wonder Mr Morris is concerned about the impact of benefit changes.


Working 60 hours with 20 hours commute plus and the price of fuel running a car for 20 hours plus a week.

All this and Cliff is only interested in Mosques and University.

Education is excellent but in Bolton there are little investment oppurtunities to utilize that education gained.

Plenty of places to pray for change Lord Clifford.
Do the hours of work include the communte to work. In Bolton the communte for most working people includes 17 hours a week queuing on the M61 M60 with the mass exodus from Bolton to boroughs where work is plenty full. The m60 is packed due to lack and quality of rolling stock on the railways. The buses are that old reg varney was once seen driving them with olive on the back seat with the conductor. Rather than sit with the rest of the DWP work shy in Bolton which was a third of its population on the last count according to the BEN in recent months economic inactivity is rife in Bolton. Cliff Morris thinks in his world Bolton is booming thats fine but for the overworked 50/60 hour weeks paid for 37.5 of those are supplementing the under worked of the town is this not morally wrong. It pays to be on benefits if a town the size of Bolton can boom when one third of its population are economically inactive no wonder Mr Morris is concerned about the impact of benefit changes. Working 60 hours with 20 hours commute plus and the price of fuel running a car for 20 hours plus a week. All this and Cliff is only interested in Mosques and University. Education is excellent but in Bolton there are little investment oppurtunities to utilize that education gained. Plenty of places to pray for change Lord Clifford. grimtown
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1:52pm Sat 5 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

One minute we are told how many people in Bolton are out of work then told Bolton people work more hours than everyone else,confused?????
One minute we are told how many people in Bolton are out of work then told Bolton people work more hours than everyone else,confused????? boltonnut
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3:02pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Rocket_Scientist says...

I don't mind working twice as hard to pay my bills when others in my street get to live in rent free housing with SKY tv full package, buy cigs and booze, free council tax, help with utility bills....
I don't mind working twice as hard to pay my bills when others in my street get to live in rent free housing with SKY tv full package, buy cigs and booze, free council tax, help with utility bills.... Rocket_Scientist
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4:08pm Sat 5 Jan 13

grimtown says...

Rocket_Scientist wrote:
I don't mind working twice as hard to pay my bills when others in my street get to live in rent free housing with SKY tv full package, buy cigs and booze, free council tax, help with utility bills....
Cliff Morris's babes ! He loves the work shy scroungers whom look up to him.
Not only is he happy he encourages more to RELOCATE HERE!

The industrious and famous Boltonians all seem to leave like Debrah Dunlevy, Sarah Cox Danny Boyle Vernon Kay Paddy McGuiness to mention a few.

What is left in Bolton Monday to Friday is a social and economic underclass if only the powers in local office would accept the situation and deal with it.
[quote][p][bold]Rocket_Scientist[/bold] wrote: I don't mind working twice as hard to pay my bills when others in my street get to live in rent free housing with SKY tv full package, buy cigs and booze, free council tax, help with utility bills....[/p][/quote]Cliff Morris's babes ! He loves the work shy scroungers whom look up to him. Not only is he happy he encourages more to RELOCATE HERE! The industrious and famous Boltonians all seem to leave like Debrah Dunlevy, Sarah Cox Danny Boyle Vernon Kay Paddy McGuiness to mention a few. What is left in Bolton Monday to Friday is a social and economic underclass if only the powers in local office would accept the situation and deal with it. grimtown
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4:35pm Sun 6 Jan 13

smithm31 says...

typos paragraph 7! really! quite clearly no qualifications for the people who work here!
typos paragraph 7! really! quite clearly no qualifications for the people who work here! smithm31
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5:22pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Beyond News Forum says...

grimtown wrote:
Rocket_Scientist wrote:
I don't mind working twice as hard to pay my bills when others in my street get to live in rent free housing with SKY tv full package, buy cigs and booze, free council tax, help with utility bills....
Cliff Morris's babes ! He loves the work shy scroungers whom look up to him.
Not only is he happy he encourages more to RELOCATE HERE!

The industrious and famous Boltonians all seem to leave like Debrah Dunlevy, Sarah Cox Danny Boyle Vernon Kay Paddy McGuiness to mention a few.

What is left in Bolton Monday to Friday is a social and economic underclass if only the powers in local office would accept the situation and deal with it.
So when do we start the protests?

I have an idea...

Strip Bolton back down to the bare bones, create development jobs for the next 10 years plus and then let's watch the good times roll back. Yup if only for pipe dreams, but seriously this is what needs to happen.

We can p*ss and moan as much as we want, but without a majority backlash against the council in front of the town hall, not just for 6 hours but for many days - Bolton is consigned to its fate. SH*THOLE!

Now there is the other issue of pay and hours. Increase wages lower hours... job done! Yup pipe dreams eh!
[quote][p][bold]grimtown[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rocket_Scientist[/bold] wrote: I don't mind working twice as hard to pay my bills when others in my street get to live in rent free housing with SKY tv full package, buy cigs and booze, free council tax, help with utility bills....[/p][/quote]Cliff Morris's babes ! He loves the work shy scroungers whom look up to him. Not only is he happy he encourages more to RELOCATE HERE! The industrious and famous Boltonians all seem to leave like Debrah Dunlevy, Sarah Cox Danny Boyle Vernon Kay Paddy McGuiness to mention a few. What is left in Bolton Monday to Friday is a social and economic underclass if only the powers in local office would accept the situation and deal with it.[/p][/quote]So when do we start the protests? I have an idea... Strip Bolton back down to the bare bones, create development jobs for the next 10 years plus and then let's watch the good times roll back. Yup if only for pipe dreams, but seriously this is what needs to happen. We can p*ss and moan as much as we want, but without a majority backlash against the council in front of the town hall, not just for 6 hours but for many days - Bolton is consigned to its fate. SH*THOLE! Now there is the other issue of pay and hours. Increase wages lower hours... job done! Yup pipe dreams eh! Beyond News Forum
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9:32pm Mon 7 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Just got back from a holiday in China,everbody is working there,wonder where they got all the work from??????
Just got back from a holiday in China,everbody is working there,wonder where they got all the work from?????? boltonnut
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9:12am Tue 8 Jan 13

Chrome1 says...

Honestly, some readers on here are proper dunces. Listen, those that work, work longer hours than the rest of the country. Also Bolton has a higher rate of unemployment. Two sectors that are mutually exclusive. Not difficult to grasp.
Also as Disraeli said (I think), "There are lies, **** lies and staistics".
But, I must echo the sentiment: Bolton is on a downward spiral. No business in their right mind would invest in this armpit of a town.
Honestly, some readers on here are proper dunces. Listen, those that work, work longer hours than the rest of the country. Also Bolton has a higher rate of unemployment. Two sectors that are mutually exclusive. Not difficult to grasp. Also as Disraeli said (I think), "There are lies, **** lies and staistics". But, I must echo the sentiment: Bolton is on a downward spiral. No business in their right mind would invest in this armpit of a town. Chrome1
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