Wednesday 21 August 2019

Most staff 'do not get paid' for overtime

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Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Three in four employees are not compensated for their overtime, according to the latest 'Working Hours Report' from recruitment consultancy group Morgan McKinley.

As the country approaches full employment, placing greater pressure on business owners, two thirds of those surveyed said they work hours in excess of their contract each week, with a similar number saying they feel "obligated or very obligated" to work overtime.

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Bryan Hyland, commercial director of Morgan McKinley Ireland, said: "It is clear from our survey that the working week is evolving. Traditional nine-to-five working patterns and a continuous eight-hour work day are becoming less of the norm.

"Technology has blurred the walls of the workplace and has meant that traditional office work is not limited to the confines of an office setting."

While working overtime is a trend shared across both genders, there are some differences between the two, with 19pc of males working more than 10 hours extra per week, compared with 11pc of females.

On the other hand, female professionals are less likely to take their full allocated lunch break, at 42pc, in comparison with 47pc of males.

The survey of more than 2,500 employees also found there has been a rise in discussions around changes to the way people work, in order to increase the productivity of staff, such as the introduction of a shortened week, remote working, and flexi-hours.

With the cost of infrastructure on the rise in urban areas, working from home also benefits employers, through helping to keeps cost down.

Irish Independent

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