A new study by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed that 20% of workers are working on average an extra 7 hours a week of unpaid overtime, suggesting that around 5 million people have gone above and beyond what is stated in their employment contracts. The stats suggest that the core workers who are putting in the extra hours are teachers, legal and finance professionals and those in the media and health and social care industries. The costs total at around £5,600 per person which is believed to have contributed to £28.3 billion to the economy last year. Despite this potentially positive boost the economy, the TUC is wary of such attitudes and argues that many of these extra hours are down to the fact that employees are judged more on the number of hours they spend at their desks rather than the actual work that they do during a working day. It goes on to say that “smarter management practices” are needed and that businesses should keep a closer eye on workloads for staff and should consider hiring additional staff in order to cope. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with employment law solicitors in Maidstone and across the country.