16:22 on Sunday is officially the ‘end’ of the weekend

For British workers, thoughts turn to their working week ahead at 16:22 on Sunday
Three quarters of Brits admit to getting the Mondays blues

Accountancy and banking employees get the worst Monday blues, whereas workers from the leisure, sport and tourism industry were most positive about the start of the working week

The average 20-year old currently needs to work another 2,112 Mondays (almost six years’ worth) until they reach their state pension age


Sundays are being cut short for UK workers due to thoughts shifting towards the Monday morning and the working week ahead, according to new research.




At approximately 16:22 on Sundays, thoughts turn to the working week ahead for many British workers. Whether you love or loathe your job, Monday mornings can be a thorn in the side after a good weekend, and are often the part of the week that people look forward to least.


76% of Brits admitted that they have previously experienced the Mondays blues. Those working in accountancy and banking were seen to be the least inspired about going to work on Monday mornings, with 83% stating that they find it difficult to pull themselves out of bed when the alarm bells ring.


The 5 sectors that admitted to dreading Mondays the most include:

Accountancy and banking (83%)
Recruitment/HR (78%)
Law (78%)
Healthcare (76%)
Property and construction (75%)

Not all industries experience the same feelings for Mondays, however – employees in other fields of work tended to have a far more enthusiastic approach to the start of the working week.


Workers from the leisure, sport and tourism industry were most positive about Mondays – only 50% of them said they had experienced Monday blues. This was followed by Brits employed in creative arts and design (61%) teaching and education (66%) and IT workers (71%).


For those people who are least inspired about going to work on Monday, many offset negative thoughts of Monday morning and ensure that their weekend enjoyment lasts a little longer through a variety of coping mechanisms – popular remedies include: having a bath; tucking into chocolate; and unwinding with a Sunday night movie with loved ones.


Bestinvest’s research also calculated the number of Mondays that the average UK worker would have to endure until retirement age.


The findings make bleak reading for 20-year olds in particular, who have to work almost six full years’ worth of Mondays until their state pensions.


Full findings, graphics and methodology can be found here: https://www.bestinvest.co.uk/news/how-many-mondays-until-you-retire


Bestinvest Managing Director, Lee Dooley, commented on the findings:


“At Bestinvest we are firm believers in taking control of your own retirement – we believe that with proper planning and the right pension, you can stop working when you want to and enjoy the retirement lifestyle that you want and deserve.”


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