UK employees taking on £640m of unpaid overtime

CMI: UK employees are increasingly taking on more unpaid overtime to boost their career progression, according to new reports. Research published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) revealed that over 5.4 million workers are putting in around £640 million worth of unpaid hours every week.

Its figures showed that the proportion of people doing unpaid overtime is at its highest-ever level – 21.2 per cent of the UK workforce – while the average amount of unpaid overtime has also reached a record high of seven hours 48 minutes a week.

Commenting on the findings, TUC general-secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “The British workforce is often unfairly portrayed as a nation of skivers and shirkers. But the reality is exactly the opposite.

“Staff across Britain work among the longest hours in Europe – and are not even paid for much of the extra time they put in.”

Employees in London did the most overtime, with 900,000 workers across the city regularly putting in over eight hours of unpaid overtime every week.

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