United Kingdom - Increasing amount of people work unpaid overtime - February 22, 2011

A record 5.26 million people worked unpaid overtime last year - the highest since records began in 1992, a TUC analysis of official figures reveals to mark Work Your Proper Hour Day (WYPHD). This analysis found that in 2010 over one in five workers (21%) regularly worked unpaid overtime, an increase of 0.7%points since 2009 and the highest proportion since 1997. The 5.26 million people clocked up an average seven hours 12 minutes unpaid overtime a week, worth UKP 5,485 (€ 6,456) per person and a record UKP 28.9 (€ 34.0) billion to the economy. Public sector workers are the most likely to do unpaid overtime, with over one in four (26.3%) regularly putting in more than seven hours of unpaid overtime a week, compared to around one in six workers in the private sector (18.9%).

English: http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-19200-f0.cfm

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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