Data After Dark

More than 1.3 million people work through the night in London. Yet as workers in this sector continue to grow, our understanding of their lives, the impact this work has on them and the needs of those who keep the capital working remains weak. University College London (UCL) and the Greater London Authority (GLA) have joined forces to conduct a comprehensive survey aimed at understanding the experiences and challenges faced.

The survey encompasses various aspects of night work such as working conditions, health and wellbeing, commuting and overall quality of life. By hearing from night workers themselves, the initiative seeks to provide valuable insights that can inform targeted policies.

Professor James Cheshire, Director of the UCL Social Data Institute, commented, “Night workers are an essential part of London’s economy, and we depend upon them to keep workplaces clean and secure, our hospitals open and to get us safely home at the end of a night out. However, compared to those who work during daylight hours, we have much less data about their needs and experiences. We hope this study will shed more light on how London can work better for them.”

The collaboration between the UCL Social Data Institute and the GLA is part of an ambitious programme of research  to expand the night workers evidence base will guide City Hall to develop policies that will enhance the quality of life of night workers.

This research, will help contribute to improve policies and create a better understanding of night workers’ and business’s needs.

To read more about this research and participate in the survey, click here.

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