Opinion

What price is too high for elder care we wonder?

Synopsis: 
Sweden’s six-hour working day scheme has been deemed too expensive despite increased productivity and reduced rates of sick leave.

A pilot scheme which saw 68 staff at an old people's home in Gothenburg, Sweden, work six-hour days without seeing reduced salaries is to be abandoned. Gothenburg city bosses said less sick leave was taken and staff were more productive during the two-year experiment, but decided costs outweighed these benefits. Daniel Bernmar, the politician responsible for elderly care in the city, said: "It's far too expensive to carry out a general shortening of working hours within a reasonable time frame”. He has supported calls for reduced hours in the long term as it could extend the length of working lives for those in labour-intensive roles.

Read the Telegraph article