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1/5 UK staff working an extra day a week in overtime

12th April 2014

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More than 1,000 UK staff asked about their working habits to find out how many extra hours they put in and how the workforce really feels about overtime.

23% of UK staff work more than eight hours of overtime per week. What’s more, only half of those who work overtime get paid for it, representing a £19billion saving for UK employers.

The vast majority work longer than their contracts demand, with four out of five admitting to working some form of overtime. Almost half of all UK employees work four hours overtime or more every week, which adds up to around 192 hours extra worked every year – over 21 full working days per person. Once again, half of this is unpaid.

But why are so many UK employees prepared to work extra hours without getting paid for it?

The majority of those surveyed attribute their extra hours to workload demands. And whilst other explanations include staff shortages (19%), and financial pressures (11%), 59% felt their professional responsibilities obliged them to stay in the office after hours.

Furthermore, it seems as though none of this extra time is having an adverse effect on office morale.

Three quarters of of those surveyed don’t think we work too many hours, and an overwhelming 85% don’t mind working overtime.


What are your thoughts, do you agree that we don't work too many hours?

Source: Published: 9 April 2014

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