Several of employees working unpaid overtime work in United Kingdom

A Trades Union Congress (TUC) survey has revealed that millions of workers in the United Kingdom are working unpaid overtime.  5, 7 million employees regularly worked unpaid overtime in 2009. Nearly 900,000 people regularly worked more than 10 hours a week without payment.

Specifically, it emerged that in 2009 5, 7 million workers regularly worked unpaid overtime. That this totaled about GBP 27.4 billion in lost salaries for these workers. This equated to an annual GBP 5,402 per worker affected, and was the highest figure registered since records began in the late 1990s.

Of the 5, 7 million employees working unpaid overtime, it was found that almost 900,000 people regularly worked more than 10 hours a week of unpaid overtime. The average weekly overtime worked by the affected persons was 7 hours and 12 minutes.

On a regional basis, it turned out that the London and South East regions of the UK were the most seriously affected by the problem of unpaid overtime.  809,000 employees in London worked unpaid overtime in 2009, while the annual value of this unpaid overtime work per laborer was GBP 8,532. The figures for the South East region were 842,000 laborer and GBP 5,736. In terms of the value of annual unpaid overtime per laborer, Wales and the North East region of the UK were least affected by the trend. In these areas, the value of annual unpaid overtime per worker was respectively GBP 4,276 and GBP 4,310.

The concern is that cuts in the basic hours of workers and fears of redundancy among laborers have promoted a culture in many organizations where working unpaid overtime has become a standard.

7 thoughts on “Several of employees working unpaid overtime work in United Kingdom

  1. Unfortunately mentioned situation is not surprising during the time of economic crisis. People are able to do everything even for free just in case to save the job, especially if they don’t have enough experience. And from the other hand that economical factors and social fears most of companies are trying to use and according to mention reaserch as we can see succesfully. And it’s hard to find any right solution of that dramatic situation because I’m sure that is happend not only in Great Britain but in the most of countries.

  2. You’re totally right, in such situations, employees could achieve miracles for their employers just by fear of losing their job. But as you said, this not a UK-only problem.

    Moreover, this figures are not suprinsing, as they are moreless the same as France, Italy and Spain. Not to mention eastern europe countries that run even worst on that topic.

    I still wonder about the relevance of the given figures. Did they take into consideration the (impressive) mass of undeclared immigrant workers of black and grey markets ?

    I bet that in such case figures would be much higher. But this is how it is. When times are good, we are the first to ask for pay raises. And when times go a little bit punny, we cry because we dont want to work more. People should assume their responsibilities and put hands at work when society goes bad. This is the most basic principle of living in society.

    My 2 cents, once again 😉
    Peace !

  3. It is a shame that something like this happens in an European country, although I am pretty sure that the U.K is not the only place where this happens. I agree that the economic crisis is the cause of this all. People see the unemployment rate rise and that is why they are willing to overwork unpaid. Combating this phenomenon will not go easy. But I do hope that they will find a solution, because this has to stop.

  4. I totally agree with the previous opinions. Unfortunately a lot of well educated people are having jobs that are not on their “level” of competence, but this is how this crisis affects the people. Moreover employers are forcing their employees and increasing their working responsibilities without increasing their salary or daily wage.

  5. We have to distinguish unpaid overtime as a result of the financial crisis and unpaid overtime as a result of a type of a job you’re having. The first mentioned is just an instrument how to fight the crisis and the second one… well, get used to it because it’s pretty normal think in corporate life these days. Having a good job is a privilege and especially nowadays.

  6. It´s true that this is a common practice in other European countries like the U.K. Even in a lot of other developed non-EU countries. I think it´s better for a countries economy to focus on such steps because companies should survive a crisis and that´s sometimes just necessary with a large amount of unpaid additional working hours. But it´s also important to cut salaries of top management positions and to install some kind of funds for employees to grant them additional boni and cheap shares in better times

  7. Its terrible to think that people are doing so much more work than they need to without getting paid. However, they would be willing to do so without complaining to their bosses in order to keep their jobs. On the other hand, the companies might not have enough money to take on new employees to do the extra work so the current employees are forced to do it instead in order to keep it up to date.


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