Unpaid overtime hits record high

Millions of people are working extra hours in addition to those outlined in their employment contracts without being paid, new figures show.

Analysing official statistics, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) warned that unpaid overtime has now hit the highest level since records began back in 1992.

Last year, 21 per cent of workers opted to stay on after office hours, marking a rise of 0.7 per cent compared to the previous year.

On average, the 5.26 million people who worked unpaid last year clocked up seven hours and 12 minutes each per week, which is worth around £5.485 per person.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber commented: "While most staff are happy to put in some extra free time to help their company through, forcing staff to endlessly put in too many hours could lead to increased stress levels."

The government recently announced that it will be reviewing the sickness absence system in the UK.

Published on: February 28, 2011

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