9 March 2017

Excessive workloads and pressure from colleagues are just two of the factors causing UK workers to put in an average of more than eight hours of overtime each week.

According to the latest TotallyMoney.com overtime survey, UK employees are working an average of 68 days overtime per year. With almost two-thirds (65%) not being paid for those extra hours, it is equivalent to them working for free from 1 January until 9 March each year.

The survey (available at http://bit.ly/2lldmdF) also found that only a third of British workers typically leave work on time, and that almost twice as many think they do not have a good work–life balance.

Four-in-five respondents said they work during their lunch break, with a quarter stating that they feel run down due to their working hours and a similar proportion complaining that work has a negative impact on their diet or prevents them from taking regular exercise.

Although having too much work to do was cited by both men and women as the main reason for putting in extra hours (61% and 56% respectively), the survey also found a number of differences between the sexes.

Earning extra cash was cited as the reason by 30% of women, but just 18% of men; while more women than men (24% compared to 11%) said that career progression was a reason for them to work overtime.

Women are more likely than men to be working while they are on holiday (24% versus 13%).

People in Birmingham (9.7) and London (9.6) work the most overtime hours per week. However, workers in Bristol top the poll in terms of unpaid overtime, with 71.2% of them not being paid for the extra hours.

That compares to 67.9% in London and 67.2% in Sheffield.