Overtime down by 25 percent

Research reveals that the amount of overtime work offered to employees has decreased by about 25% since the recession when compared to pre-recession levels in 2007.

The Trades Union Congress analysis finds that the total amount of overtime hours has fallen down to 41 million this year when compared to 54 million back in 2007 which is about a fall of roughly 25%.  This is largely due to the fact that many workers are not working paid overtime anymore and many are not actually getting paid for their overtime work anymore as budgets begin to tighten.

The fields in which workers are most likely to receive opportunities to work paid overtime inducing manufacturing, transport, and mining with about a quarter of employees employed in these job sectors working on average about ten to twenty extra hours per week.

The actual choice to work overtime has fallen a great deal which has impacted the take home pay for millions of employees in theUKas the extra hours are no longer optionally reducing the salaries of many workers that have come to depend on the option to work overtime in order to boost their paychecks on a weekly basis.

According to TUC, the shift towards actually working shifts instead of overtime has affected a large amount of how much overtime is paid in the manufacturing field with a serious decline reported in how much overtime was actually paid.

The decline of this paid overtime also shows that the industries mentioned above are still a long way away from being healthy again because if they were running at their full capacity with as much demand they would have to offer more overtime in order to keep up with it, but given they are not the required employee hours has decreased.

Workers in the East of England, the North East, Humberside, andYorkshiredo the most overtime on a weekly basis with the North East workers averaging about 12.6 hours per week.  The TUC expects that this is due to the presence of manufacturing sectors and mining positions within these areas.  However, these figures are still down from the 15.1 hours that employees in the North East were averaging during 2001.

Overall, the amount of people that are being paid for overcome in theUKhas fallen by about 4.7 million.  The TUC does report that the amount of unpaid overtime that is worked has also fallen over the last few years.

The TUC reports that overtime is not healthy for workers on a regular basis especially since a great deal of it is not paid, but the extra hours could become necessary for those who start to depend on the extra income.  It suggests that instead of offering overtime companies should start to hire more staff instead of overworking their current workers who could suffer from burnout if overtime is a regular part of their working life at the company.