Unpaid Overtime for Legal Professionals in the UK

The people in the UK who work most overtime and are not paid on it are lawyers and others working in the legal sector.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) presented figures showing that workers and employees who worked overtime without being paid worked out 2 billion hours for a year. Due to these figures about 6% of the legal professionals worked unpaid overtime which means 9.7 extra unpaid hours per week.

TUC announced that only managers of financial institutions and people working in education spend more hours working for free.

In recognition of ‘Work Your Proper Hours Day’ last Friday the TUC tried to show how important it is for people to ask for their money on overtime. Their investigations pointed out that legal professionals with average wages lost £13,921.44 per year when they do not get money for the extra hours they spend at their offices.

The general secretary for the TUC expressed his opinion that employees had to take care after their workers and pay them if they have any extra working hours.

“Where employees regularly have excessive workloads, businesses should be considering whether a few more members of staff might help make everyone less stressed and more productive.

“A long-hours culture is bad for workers’ health and their family life – whether the hours are paid or not.”

After these figures came to light, teaching union leaders criticized the government on their disputes over pay and working conditions as they gave teachers for example of commitment.

On the other hand, Sally Hunt from the University and College Union said that according to her “While the government cuts resources, staff continues to deliver for their students, despite the worrying increase of their workloads.

“This simply is not sustainable and the government cannot continue to expect more for less.”

The Legal Stop advises to prepare good employment contracts, with an overtime work clause included.


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