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Britons 'working overtime for free'

Published: Friday, 04 January 2008   Category: Life after graduation

The number of employees that are working unpaid overtime is increasing according to new figures published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

According to the TUC, the figure rose by 103,000 last month which brings the total amount of workers who are not being paid for their overtime to nearly five million. This could act as a warning for people about to enter into graduate jobs.

Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, said: "After years of progress, Britain's long hours culture is enjoying a renaissance and today's figures suggest many people are not even being paid for putting in these extra hours. "

He added that people are giving away nearly £5,000 a year in unpaid overtime and that is "too much time and money that could be better spent with friends and family".

If employees worked all their unpaid overtime at the start of the year they would not get paid until February 22nd, according to the research.

The TUC has been established since 1868 as an umbrella organisation for all of the unions in Britain.

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