Workload crisis – 11.2 hours of unpaid overtime a week

Teachers are once again at the top of the list of those working unpaid overtime in the UK.

The annual Work Your Proper Hours Day research shows that across the UK, 3.8 million people did unpaid overtime in 2021, putting in an average of 7.6 unpaid hours a week.

Work Your Proper Hours Day is a campaign run by the TUC and it marks the day each year when the average worker doing unpaid overtime effectively stops working for free. This year it fell on February 25.

The TUC’s findings for 2021 show that teachers and school leaders who put in unpaid overtime are doing an average of 11.2 hours a week. This is behind only logistics and transport directors (12.3 hours) and chief executives (11.5 hours).

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