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Friday 21 September 2018

Half of staff get no extra pay for overtime

Despite the improving employment market, almost half of Irish workers did not receive additional pay for working overtime last year, according to data from Matrix Recruitment. Stock image
Despite the improving employment market, almost half of Irish workers did not receive additional pay for working overtime last year, according to data from Matrix Recruitment. Stock image
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Despite the improving employment market, almost half of Irish workers did not receive additional pay for working overtime last year, according to data from Matrix Recruitment.

The survey of more than 1,700 workers found that just 22pc get additional overtime pay, whilst one in five are given days in lieu for overtime worked.

The research highlighted a contrast between women and men, with more women (41pc) than men (27pc) saying that they were not comfortable with asking their employer for more money.

The survey also found that women feel more stressed than men in the workplace (57pc versus 47pc), while overall 53pc of those surveyed admitted to feeling this way.

The main cause, the research found, was having too much work to do, something that was reported by just over half of respondents, while 44pc of workers said that they do not receive enough support from management or colleagues.

One in three workers cited having to work late most days as being a factor behind their work-related stress.

Nevertheless, despite the late nights, 70pc of worker surveyed said that they have a good work/life balance.

Encouragingly, the figure was the same for those employees who have children as for those who do not.

The research also examined people's intentions around changing jobs in 2018.

Of those who said that they were not planning on moving job in 2018, two in five said they were happy in their current position, while one in four respondents said they would not move out of loyalty to their employer.

The report found that 37pc of workers who did get a pay rise in 2017 received less than €1,000, while 39pc got a pay rise of between €1,501 and €2,500.

One in five workers surveyed received a rise of more than €4,000.

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