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Media 'worst offender' for unpaid hours

Published: Friday, 15 February 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

A new report has found that the people working in the media industry are giving away almost £6,000 in unpaid overtime.

Statistics by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have revealed that it is 50 per cent more likely that those working as journalists, broadcasters, public relations officers and photographers will work unpaid overtime, as opposed to other industries.

Around £5,884 a year per person is lost by staff working on average six hours and 42 minutes unpaid overtime every week, according to the figures.

Commenting on the trend, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: 'The media industry is notorious for its long hours culture and today's figures show that many employees are not getting paid for putting in all those extra hours."

He added that long hours and unpaid overtime have always been an accepted part of the media industry.

In related news, a recent survey of the IT industry found that 42 per cent of staff said they were unhappy about the amount of unpaid overtime they have to work, reports IT Week.


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