We gave our employers an astonishing £33.6 billion worth of free work last year in the UK, by doing unpaid overtime. More than 5.3 million people put in an average of 7.7 hours a week, over and above their contracted hours, during 2016.
And all that time certainly does add up. People who do unpaid overtime are missing out on an average of £6,301 that their extra hours would net them if paid at their contracted rate.
We've made a special calculator to help you find out how much YOU might be losing. Give it 2 minutes and it might give you a shock!
Few of us mind putting in some extra time when it’s needed. But if it happens all the time and gets taken for granted, that’s a problem. So, have a think about your work life balance, and for a change take a proper lunch break and leave on time to enjoy your own time in the evening.
The best bosses understand that a long-hours culture doesn’t get good results. Managers should lead by example today, and also think about how they can move away from over-reliance on their staff’s unpaid overtime.
And of course, anyone worried about the long-hours culture in their workplace should get together with workmates and join a union. That way you can get your voices heard and get the support you need to make sure your boss doesn’t break the rules.