Workers giving away overtime hours
Filed under: Career
Britons are giving away thousands of pounds in unpaid overtime by working extra hours to cope with busy workloads, according to a new study.
A survey of 2,000 adults showed that two out of five regularly work from home and a third put in extra hours over the weekend.
Workers in London do the most unpaid overtime at more than 11 hours a week, compared with seven in Belfast, found the study by hotel chain Travelodge.
The average amount of unpaid overtime was just over nine hours a week, worth thousands of pounds per employee, said the report.
More than a third of those questioned said heavy workloads, coupled with job insecurity, meant they were foregoing long holidays, opting instead for one-night breaks throughout the year.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber commented: "Millions of workers give the economy a multibillion-pound boost with the extra unpaid hours they put in at work.
"Bosses should thank staff for going that extra mile, but they must never be complacent about excessively long hours. Burning people out undermines productivity, increases the likelihood of sickness absence and shows a lack of commitment to staff well-being that will not go unnoticed."Copyright © 2012 The Press Association