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.