Employees in Scotland and the east work an extra 10 days than those in Wales, study finds

After analysing ONS data, thinkmoney has investigated burnout Britain by uncovering which regions work the most contractual hours and paid overtime

Employees in Scotland and the east work an extra 10 days than those in Wales

Scotland and the East of England top the leader board for the longest hours worked in a year. Employees in these regions reported spending 38.6 hours at work per week, or 2007.2 hours a year.

Welsh employees might work more paid overtime than those from Scotland and the East of England, but they still work 67.6 hours a year less than their Scottish counterparts, that’s the equivalent of 10 working days. Those in Wales work 277 days a year, on average, and those in Scotland or the East of England work 287.

Northern Irish employees work an extra month overtime per year

While Northern Ireland has the shortest contractual hours, they work the most paid overtime. Northern Irish employees total 228.8 paid overtime hours (or 33 days) per year. In comparison to London, Northern Irish employees work an additional seven days overtime. London, surprisingly, works some of the lowest paid overtime hours per year.

London workers put in the second least paid overtime hours in the country

London has one of the longest working weeks when adding together paid overtime and contractual hours (38.4 hours), but workers in the capital are only reported to work 176.8 hours paid overtime, along with the North East and South West. However, these figures only reflect paid overtime and it’s possible that the unreported, unpaid figures could be much higher.

Employees in south east work the lowest overtime hours

Workers in the South East put in the least paid overtime at only 166.4 hours (24 days). They work 62.4 hours less than NI employees, or the equivalent of almost two working weeks.

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The TUC estimates five million workers in the UK have put in more than £32 billion unpaid additional hours per year. So, overtime figures could be even higher than reported. Employees in Wales gave an extra £819 million of free labour in 2017.

Men in Northern Ireland are putting in the most paid overtime in Britain

While Northern Irish workers may have one of the shortest working weeks in the country, the same cannot be said for paid overtime. Male employees in Northern Ireland put in 5.3 extra hours per week – equating to 275.6 hours in total, or 72.8 hours more, per year, than male workers in London.

Similarly, female workers in Northern Ireland also work more paid overtime than those in London at 156 hours and 145.6 hours per year respectively. Or, the equivalent of one and a half working days.

Government departments in Northern Ireland are spending up to £40,000 a day on overtime, with civil servants working an extra 804,000 hours (114,000 days) in the last year. These stats suggest that working overtime is becoming the norm and not the exception.

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