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Civil servants put in the extra hours

Published: Monday, 20 August 2007   Category: Public sector

Graduates hoping to start careers in the civil service will be expected to work beyond their contracted hours, new research has shown.

According to a survey by Keele University and the Public and Commercial and Services Union (PCS), some 46 per cent of civil servants work between 40 and 48 hours a week and a further five per cent work in excess of 49 hours.

Struggling to keep up with workloads was the key reason for the extra office time. Around 40 per cent had even worked while ill to keep from falling behind.

Criticising the burdens on the employees, Mark Serwotka the PCS general secretary said: "This report clearly illustrates that the government's drive to slash jobs is leading to increasing workloads and embedding a long hours culture in civil and public services."

He added: "With fewer people to do the same amount of work, staff are under increasing pressure leading to corners being cut, which in turn damages the quality of service delivery."

Research by officebroker.com has claimed that business sector employees are working longer hours in to order to facilitate trade with other countries on different time zones.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18251697-ADNFCR

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