Tax & admin · 22 June 2018

Self-employed set to dodge 13bn World Cup productivity slump

World Cup 2018 Russia sickies
Employers that offer flexible working are less likely to suffer financial damage during the World Cup
Britain’s self-employed workers are less likely to suffer from a World Cup productivity slump than their employed counterparts, according to micro business experts.

After researchers claimed UK businesses could lose up to 13bn over the duration of the 2018 World Cup due to staff absences, the flexibility of self-employment could act as a vital shield to lost earnings.?

According to recent research by?Ipsos MORI, nearly one in four survey respondents admitted they would miss work during the World Cup in Russia while some of those who don’t take unauthorised leave may try and sneak match-viewing into their work hours, which could dramatically cut their productivity.

A separate study by suggested that football fans would miss a total of 49 hours of work during the World Cup, of which 28 hours will be unauthorised. Using average earnings of 13.94 per hour, business owners were warned they could cumulatively lose over 13bn.

With employers braced for a sickie battle, Ed Molyneux, CEO and co-founder of micro business accounting providers?FreeAgent, said self-employment would be one of the few areas of the UK economy to remain relatively unhurt by the tournament in Russia, as many of these workers enjoy the flexibility to choose the business hours that suit them best.

it’s not surprising that employee absenteeism spikes during major sporting events, but few business owners are fully aware of the financial implications these absences can have on businesses. During this World Cup, the combined cost of sick days, unauthorised leave and employees surreptitiously watching games in the office when they should be working could well be in the billions.

employers that offer flexible working are likely to suffer significantly less financial damage from the implications of absenteeism during the tournament.”



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