Employees give £1.5 billion in unpaid hours

Worried workers are on average putting in an extra four hours of overtime per week, totalling £1.5 billion in unpaid labour.


Worried workers are on average putting in an extra four hours of overtime per week, totalling £1.5 billion in unpaid labour.

Worried workers are on average putting in an extra four hours of overtime per week, totalling £1.5 billion in unpaid labour.

According to a study by online takeaway site Just-Eat.co.uk, Sheffield is the hardest working city with employees doing an extra 6.4 hours a week, followed by London (6.1) and Nottingham (5.7).

Ash Ali, marketing director of Just-Eat.co.uk, says: ‘Our study shows that Brits are really selling themselves short in a bid to keep their jobs. Whether the bosses recognise and appreciate this extra effort is another matter.’

Of the 1,663 employees surveyed, 58 per cent of respondents say they are working more unpaid hours than ever before, with 71 per cent saying they regularly work through lunch breaks, and 44 per cent admitting that they often work late. 


Nearly half (48 per cent) of owner-managers said they intended to contact the office this summer while away, according to a recent survey by stationery company Euroffice.co.uk.

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