Who Is Working Weekends?

In 2018, 89 percent of full-time employed persons worked on an average weekday, compared with 31 percent on an average weekend day, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

Full-time employed persons averaged 8.5 hours of work time on weekdays they worked, and 5.4 hours on weekend days they worked.

Multiple jobholders were more likely to work on an average weekend day than were single jobholders–56 percent, compared with 28 percent.

These and other results from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS).

These data include the average amount of time per day in 2018 that individuals worked, did household activities, and engaged in leisure and sports activities.

Only 31 Percent Worked on an Average Weekend Day

Many more full-time employed persons worked on weekdays than on weekend days: 89 percent worked on an average weekday, compared with 31 percent on an average weekend day.

Multiple jobholders were more likely to work on an average weekday than were single jobholders–90 percent, compared with 82 percent.

They were also more likely to work on an average weekend day–56 percent, compared with 28 percent.

On days they worked, 82 percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at their workplace and 24 percent did some or all of their work at home. Employed persons spent more time working at the workplace than at home–7.9 hours, compared with 2.9 hours.

Among workers age 25 and over, those with an advanced degree were more likely to work at home than were persons with lower levels of educational attainment–42 percent of those with an advanced degree performed some work at home on days worked, compared with 12 percent of those with a high school diploma and no college.

Workers with an advanced degree also were more likely to work on an average day than were those with only a high school diploma–74 percent, compared with 65 percent.

On days they worked in 2003, 19 percent of employed workers spent some time working while at home. The share of employed workers performing work at home rose to 24 percent in 2009, and remained relatively flat from 2009 to 2018.

On the days they worked, employed men worked 34 minutes more than employed women.

This difference partly reflects women’s greater likelihood of working part time. However, even among full-time workers (those usually working 35 hours or more per week), men worked more per day than women–8.2 hours, compared with 7.9 hours.