If staff who regularly work unpaid overtime did all their extra hours from the start of the year, they would not get paid until 28 February 2014.
Now in its tenth year, Work Your Proper Hours Day is a light-hearted campaign that celebrates the unsung – and unrewarded – hours that staff put in to help their employers and boost the UK economy.
On the last Friday of this month, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) will urge bosses to let their staff take a proper lunch hour and to leave work on time. Managers are being encouraged to lead by example and work their proper hours too.
Last year, the TUC found that one in five employees across the UK regularly worked unpaid overtime, worth over £28 billion to the economy. Teachers, legal managers and finance professionals were most likely to do unpaid overtime – with half all employees in these jobs regularly working extra hours for free.
This year, Work Your Proper Hours Day will look at whether the recent recovery in the labour market has led to a rise or a fall in the number of unpaid hours as more people join the workforce. The TUC will also highlight which jobs and regions of the UK do the most unpaid overtime.