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Friday 6 January 2012

UK unpaid overtime 'equivalent to a million jobs'

The amount generated by workers' unpaid overtime in the UK each year would be enough to create a million jobs, it has been claimed.

According to a new report from the Trades Union Congress, 1.96 billion hours of unpaid overtime were worked last year, which helped to boost the economy by £29.2 billion.

The TUC has estimated that, if workers who regularly put in unpaid overtime worked all their hours from the start of the year, the first day they would get paid would be Friday February 24th.

As a result, The number of workers doing unpaid overtime has increased by more than a million since records began in 1992, when 4.2 million people regularly did unpaid overtime, compared with 5.3 million people in 2011.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "The heroic amount of extra unpaid hours put in by millions of workers make a vital - but often unsung - contribution to the UK economy."

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Source: The Sales Director News

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