The best and worst sectors for work/life balance


A useful insight into the best and worst sectors for work/life balance according to a recent survey by  ‘The Job Crowd’:-


And the Best Industry for Work/Life Balance is…

We asked graduates across all sectors of work how they rate their career for work/life balance… and the results are in!

The highest rated industries are…

  1. Scientific Services (8.8)
  2. Energy and Utilities (8.5)
  3. Transport, Logistics and Distribution (8.5)

The lowest rated industries are…

  1. Law (6.5)
  2. HR & Employment (6.7)
  3. Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism (6.8)

So, what is it about scientific services and law that result in such different ratings for work/life balance? Let’s take a look at what graduates from the top law and scientific services firms have to say about their average working hours…

The science grads
Employer: Croda

Average working hours: 08:00 to 17:00

‘There’s flexitime in some sites, which is great because you can very much do your own timetable at work. Sometimes you could be expected to do some extra hours, but that’s not very usual in a graduate level job.’


Employer: AzkoNobel

Average working hours: 08:00 to 17:00

‘Working hours are flexible, most people in R&D start early and finish early whereas in the commercial functions people tend to start later and finish later. We also have a floating hour per week which you can take whenever you want, most people leave early on a friday afternoon.’


Employer: GlaxoSmithKline

Average working hours: 08:00 to 17:00

‘It is flexible. If you need to work from home you can. If you need to start earlier and finish earlier you can. You manage your own schedule so as long as you deliver, no one will care what time you came into the office.’


The law grads


Employer: Mills & Reeve

Average working hours: 08:00 to 18:00

‘As a trainee, hours fluctuate with the needs of the team you’re in. My first seat was agriculture and there were some days where I could leave the office before 6. The Family NSL is very busy, and I have had a few late nights in my time here’


Employer: Reed Smith

Average working hours: 09:00 to 19:00

‘Hours wholly depend on the practice group that you are in and who your immediate supervisor is. Thus they can vary a lot from department to department.’


Employer: Linklaters LLP

Average working hours: 09:00 to 20:00

‘The hours are very unpredictable, and vary greatly depending on the department and the influx of work. I’ve just put an average hour, but generally you either leave at 7pm or midnight or later.’


Interested in finding out more about the sort of work/life balance you can expect with an employer? Take a look through our job reviews, all taken directly from graduates themselves.


When each graduate completes a job review with TheJobCrowd, we ask them a number of questions such as ‘what is most important to your career?’ or ‘how long do you expect to stay in your current job?’. These responses from thousands of grads have given us some great insights into what they’re really after.

To find out more about TheJobCrowd’s graduate insights, say hello at


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