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Female millennials are the hardest working women in the UK, according to a new study, with women in London working more hours than any other region.

The research, conducted by online fast beauty provider blow LTD, follows the news that the number of women in employment hit a record 14.6 million at the end of 2015, with nearly one million (975,000) more women in work than five years ago.

Women working in London complete an average 75 hours or ten typical working days more than the rest of the UK’s female workforce. For Scottish women, that figure falls to 70 hours more than the rest of the UK. Working women in the North West were the third hardest workers at 14 hours more than the UK average. But these three regions were the only ones to beat the national average with all remaining regions seeing women work at least 28 fewer hours. The South West was the worst offender, with women working a worrying 135 hours less than the average.

The millennial generation, defined as 22-29 by blow LTD, are by far the hardest working age group for women, racking up an astonishing 136 hours, or roughly 18 typical working days, more than the rest of the female workforce. In contrast, 30-39 year old women work around 75 hours more than the average and 40-49 year olds work 42 hours less than the average.

Fiona McIntosh, co-founder of blow LTD, said: “Our research highlights the levels of time poverty faced by working women across the UK. There are more working women than ever before, and those women – whether millennials or working mums – are putting in significant hours."

MP Caroline Nokes, a member of the All Parliamentary Group on Body Image, said: “blow LTD’s research has identified a growing trend amongst working women in the UK. As the number of women in work reaches record highs, it’s important that as a country we recognise the increasingly limited amount of spare time that women now have. I have experienced the pressures of allotting time for both my professional and personal life, and I welcome companies that are tailoring services to help alleviate these pressures.