amerikan: There is no easy answer, as banks and roles and individuals within them vary hugely - certainly 16 hour days isn't that unusual, but nor is 9 hours. Depending on your role, and which markets you face, you may be expected to work later in the evening or get in earlier in the morning, and you may have to work particulalry hard at certain times of the month. If you're really good, you can be more flexible on your hours, though you have to accept that there will be ambitious people working alongside you, who are prepared to put in longer hours for some current or future benefit, and the bank certainly won't stop them. Regarding holidays, since joining a bank, I haven't been telephoned while on holiday (though I sometimes wish I had, rather than have a piece of work stall while I was awake), though working for a consultancy previously, I often got called on holiday.Zub:I take your point, but I don't think anyone was suggesting that the value of an individual to a bank was a direct function of their hours. But as an individual, the major cost of what an employee gives to the bank is their hours, so it is perfectly reasonable to give it a lot of thought.