Belgium has decided on the four-day week with the same working hours - a majority in Germany is also in favor of it.

According to a Forsa survey commissioned by RTL and ntv, 71 percent of those surveyed would welcome Germany adopting this model.

22 percent would not like the possibility, as stated in a message from the broadcaster on Saturday.

The "Belgian model" met with approval above all among 30 to 44 year olds (81 percent) and those surveyed with a higher educational qualification (Abitur, university studies: 75 percent).

In Belgium, employees will in future be able to work their weekly working hours flexibly on four or five days a week.

However, the total working time does not change.

Full-time workers should be allowed to work longer hours so that all the required hours can be worked in four days.

For example, a full-time worker working a 40-hour week might work 10 hours per 4 days instead of 8 hours per 5 days.

According to Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, this should give employees more flexibility and freedom.

This should benefit the compatibility of work and private life.

According to the survey, 59 percent of employees in Germany would opt for a four-day week if they had the choice.

31 percent would therefore prefer to work their current weekly working hours on five days.

The four-day model would be preferred above all by middle-aged employees (30 to 44 year olds: 64 percent) and employees with higher educational qualifications (62 percent).

The data was collected by the market and opinion research institute Forsa on behalf of RTL on February 16 and 17, 2022.

1058 people were questioned.

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