A ‘super’ working class is emerging made up of well-educated rich people who work longer hours than the poor and who do not see leisure time as preferable to the office, research suggests.
Oxford University has found that working hours for the rich have risen substantially since the 1960s.
Economists claim that as better educated people more away from manual jobs, work has become more satisfying both intellectually and emotionally, meaning they don’t feel the need for as much time off.
Whereas once leisure time was a symbol of social power, as typified by the 19th century gentleman, many high fliers today see it as a sign of indolence and unemployment.
“The best educated men used once to work much shorter hours for pay, an echo, still in the 1960s, of the end-of-the 19th century leisure-class ideology,” the report authors write.
“But by the beginning of the 21st century they are working the longest hours.”
The researchers said there was now a ‘superordinate working class’ which was turning human history on its head as traditionally the lower classes have worked the longest hours.