Infographic: The Differences in Work Culture in the UK & US

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The UK and USA have famously been described as having a “special relationship”. Whilst our cultural sensibilities are similar in many ways, when it comes to the world of work our two countries have very interesting differences.

This presents an interesting decision for many business owners and workers when contemplating expanding, or just making the move across the pond.

To help visualise these differences, American expansion experts Foothold America have created an infographic demonstrating some of the key variables to think about when pondering working in the UK, US or both!

For example,

  • On average, US software engineers earn 30% more than their UK counterparts.
  •  The average commuting time in the US is just 23 minutes, compared to an average commute of 1 hour 38 minutes in the UK.
  • British workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid holiday leave by law. US workers aren’t entitled to any!
  • British women are entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave. US women are entitled to just 12 weeks.

Robert Johnson from Foothold America commented on the infographic:

“While the US is quite rightly defined as “the land of opportunity” for business and workers alike, it’s important to take note of the differences in working rights and culture when planning to do business across the pond.

“Our infographic provides a starting point for people to familiarise themselves with the differences in not just legislature, but business language. Not only are communication styles and attitudes different in the US, but ‘tangible’ elements that affect the bottom line are too: Salary expectations as well as perks and benefits must be factored in to ensure your venture is a success”.

You can take a look at the infographic below…



Provided by Foothold America

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