HR · 16 March 2018

Majority of workers unpaid for hundreds of hours overtime every year

The average UK employee works ten hours overtime per week
Over half of all overtime workers are not getting paid for the hundreds of extra hours they put in for their bosses every year, research has found.

A new OnePoll survey, commissioned by TotallyMoney, revealed that 59 per cent of overtime workers receive no compensation for their efforts.

Employees in the UK on average put in 10.1 hours overtime per week, totalling 469 hours of unpaid work per year for 59 per cent of overtime workers. A tenth work over 30 hours a week overtime.

Just over half, 53 per cent, said their reason for putting in extra hours was due to too much work, with 61 per cent of respondents saying they don’t have a good work/life balance.

Around 15 per cent said they work extra because of pressure from senior figures? and 1.4 per cent claimed they did it because they wanted to avoid going home.

Over half said they felt stressed due to work.

Commenting on the findings, TotallyMoney head of brand and communications, Joe Gardiner, said: While many employees accept overtime as part and parcel of the job, few people realise the extent to which they are working for free.

We hope the results of the survey will open company eyes to how unfairly they’re treating their employees and, in particular, how they treat women.


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Indeed, Gardiner said the research has sparked new debates about whether the issues surrounding gender in the workplace go beyond the gender pay gap.