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Compressed Working

Work your conditioned hours over fewer days.

Compressed Working

Who is it for?

Civilian Staff.


What do I get?

Compressed working gives you the opportunity to compress your working hours into a shorter working week, allowing you additional time off within a set period. The most common compressed working patterns are:


  • Nine-day fortnight, where you work your conditioned hours spread over two weeks. During the two weeks you will work longer days as agreed with your Line Manager, so that you will have worked all of your conditioned hours over nine days, allowing you to have one day off each fortnight.
  • Four-day working week, where you work your conditioned hours over four days instead of five, giving you one day off per week.
  • 4 ½-day working week, where you work your conditioned hours over 4 ½ days, usually working longer days Monday to Thursday and then half a day on Friday. By Friday 1300, you should have worked all of your conditioned hours, allowing you to leave early.


Other patterns can also be considered where appropriate.

Next Steps


If you would like to compress your working hours, you should first ensure you are familiar with Flexible Working and Alternative Work Schedules.


Investigate any impact your change of working pattern will have on you or your colleagues, before preparing a business case to present to your Line Manager.


If your proposal is agreed, you should make necessary arrangements with your Line Manager and ensure that your new working pattern is updated on MyHR.


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