Working overtime? You’re not the only one, says TUC

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Are you working overtime? Belive us that you are not the only one or at least TUC says so.If you think you’re working for too long and not seeing the financial compensation for the extra time you’re putting in, you may not be the only one. This month, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that UK workers worked as much as £31.5 billion worth of unpaid overtime during 2015, following its analysis of official statistics declared by the government.

Working overtime: It estimated that over five million people put in around 7.7 hours of unpaid extra work. If each person was paid for working overtime, the average money each person would be owed amounted to £6,114.

The TUC, which is asking workers to get on board with its “Work Your Proper Hours Day” initiative, has urged people to take a true lunch break and leave work on time. It specifically called out to managers to expect nothing more than the agreed contract with their staff, and even lead by example themselves.

It appears that men take the brunt of the issue, but not by a huge proportion; male employees are responsible for 1.1 billion hours of unpaid overtime, compared to 0.9 billion hours for women. Meanwhile, the most affected age demographic is those aged between 40 and 44; over a quarter (26.9%) of the age group puts in unpaid hours each week.

As for profession, those working in education – specifically teachers – are the busiest outside of what is agreed in their contract, with an average of 11.9 hours unpaid each week. Those managing financial institutions came second, while production, marketing, personnel and healthcare managers were also doing 9.9 hours or more per week.

“Too many workplaces tolerate a long-hours culture,” said TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady. “That is why we are calling on employees to take a stand today on Work Your Proper Hours Day and take a full lunch break and go home on time.

“We do not want to turn Britain into a nation of clock-watchers. Few people mind putting in extra effort from time to time when it is needed, but it is too easy for extra time to be taken for granted and expected day in day out. I would urge anyone worried about a long-hours culture in their workplace to join their union, to make sure they are represented and their voices are heard.”