Two thirds of south east workers '˜not paid for overtime'

Nearly two thirds of employees in the south east are not paid for their overtime, new research has revealed.

Scam warning. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150809-154729001
Scam warning. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150809-154729001

Workers in the area work 6.8 hours extra a week on average and do not get paid for it, according to’s study.

The online financial comparison site’s research has added up all of the working lunches, extra hours after work and early mornings to reveal the amount of work people do every year without getting a penny for it.

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“It’s quite a depressing situation,” Joe Gardiner from said.

“We all want to do a good job when we’re at work, but there’s a line that it seems many of us cross where we’re giving our employers more time than we’re actually getting paid for.”

On average, Brits do around 45 days’, or nine working weeks’ worth of overtime a year.

And only 30 per cent of them are actually paid for their overtime – the rest are just giving their bosses free work.

But more appallingly, this equates to the average employee working for free from around the September 14, every year.

In general, women get the worse deal, whatever job they do; they put in, on average, an extra 8.2 hours per week at their jobs, compared with 6.4 extra hours from men, equating to 47 free days of work per year, compared to 37 days from men.

To work out how much unpaid overtime you do, try’s overtime calculator.

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