The online retailer Amazon is conducting an experiment to analyse the benefits and drawbacks of a 30 hour week.

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The tech giant Amazon is piloting a four-day working week in order to see how employees would benefit. The trial will act as an experiment which will see the technical teams, including managers, work for 30 hours, alongside those working the traditional 40 hours.

Both sets of employees will receive the same benefits however the 30 hour employees will only receive 75% of the salary that the 40 hour employees earn. According to The Independent, the program will ensure they work from Monday to Thursday, 10am to 2pm. They will have the option to work full time and additional flexible hours.

A posting by the company on, read: 'We want to create a work environment that is tailored to a reduced schedule and still fosters success and career growth.

“This initiative was created with Amazon's diverse workforce in mind and the realisation that the traditional full-time schedule may not be a 'one size fits all' model.'

In the past, Amazon has faced criticism about its working hours, however this change is expected to be positive. However, a spokesman for Amazon said they have no plans to extend the scheme to its entire workforce, according to BT.

The teams taking part will work on projects in human resources.

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