According to a recent study by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Brits are working two and a half weeks more, per year, than any other country in Europe. While the average working week has decreased by 18 minutes over the last decade, at this rate it will take 63 years for British working patterns to match those elsewhere in Europe.
Analysing the working patterns around the country, thinkmoney answers which UK regions could be suffering from burnout?
UK working hours by region infographic
- Employees in Scotland and the East work an extra 10 days than those in Wales
- Scotland and the East of England top the leaderboard for the longest hours worked in a year. Employees in these regions reported spending 38.6 hours at work per week, or 2007.2 hours a year
- Welsh employees might work more paid overtime than those from Scotland and the East of England, but they still work 67.6 hours a year less than their Scottish counterparts. That’s the equivalent of 10 working days
- Northern Irish employees work an extra month of overtime per year
- While Northern Ireland has the shortest contractual hours, they work the most paid overtime
- London workers put in the second least paid overtime hours in the country
- London has one of the longest working weeks when adding together paid overtime and contractual hours (38.4 hours), but workers in the capital are only reported to work 176.8 hours paid overtime, along with the North East and South West. However, these figures only reflect paid overtime and it’s possible that the unreported, unpaid figures could be much higher
- Employees in South East work the lowest overtime hours
- Workers in the South East put in the least paid overtime at only 166.4 hours (24 days). They work 62.4 hours less than NI employees, or the equivalent of almost two working weeks
The TUC estimates five million workers in the UK have put in more than £32 billion unpaid additional hours per year. So, overtime figures could be even higher than reported. Employees in Wales gave an extra £819 million of free labour in 2017.
- Men in Northern Ireland are putting in the most paid overtime in Britain
- While Northern Irish workers may have one of the shortest working weeks in the country, the same cannot be said for paid overtime. Male employees in Northern Ireland put in 5.3 extra hours per week - equating to 275.6 hours in total, or 72.8 hours more, per year, than male workers in London
- Similarly, female workers in Northern Ireland also work more paid over time than those in London at 156 hours and 145.6 hours per year respectively
How do long hours affect your health?
Are you one of the many that are working more than the recommended hours? With overtime hours increasing, burnout is a real concern. If you believe you are at risk of burnout, we suggest speaking to someone who can help. Mind is one charity that can provide support and advice if you’re struggling due to working long hours.