Families hit by paid overtime fall
The amount of paid overtime has fallen by a quarter in recent years, adding to the financial pressures on families, a new study has shown.
The TUC said 41 million paid overtime hours were worked this year compared with 54 million in 2007, before the recession kicked in.
Around 825,000 fewer employees regularly worked paid overtime this year, while the average amount worked fell from 11.2 hours to 10.6 hours a week, the research revealed.
Paid overtime has a "major impact" on the take-home pay of millions of workers, so their income will be hit by cuts in extra hours, said the union organisation.
The number of people working paid overtime has fallen from 5.6 million to 3.9 million in the past decade, with those in London hit by the biggest fall over the past four years, the study showed.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "The squeeze on overtime has been adding to the financial pressure bearing down on working people as they prepare for the Christmas holiday.
"Workers in manufacturing, mining and transport are particularly affected by the fall in these much-needed extra hours, with some industries affected by job losses, pay freezes and overtime shortfalls in recent years.
"With everyone looking for economic green shoots, a rise in the availability of paid overtime would be a welcome sign for millions of workers.
"But while we badly need incomes to grow, an over-reliance on irregular and excessive overtime can mean long hours and wage packets that can flip from feast to famine depending on the availability of work.
"A greater focus on improving productivity and earnings from core hours could deliver both better pay and greater profitability, but to achieve this we need better management working with employees and their unions to change our culture of long hours and increasingly insecure work."