IT managers and professionals do more unpaid overtime than anyone else in the workforce, according to the TUC.
The amount of unpaid overtime worked by IT managers and professionals has increased over the past year, research released in the run-up to the TUC’s Work Your Proper Hours Day on Friday revealed.
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The research draws on findings from the government’s Labour Force Survey, which showed that just over half of IT managers (51%) worked extra hours without pay – a higher proportion than in any other group in the workforce.
IT managers put in an average nine hours and 18 minutes of extra work each week without pay – whihc if paid would be worth £9,997 each a year, the TUC said.
Other IT professionals worked an average of six hours 48 minutes unpaid every week, up 42 minutes from last year. The extra hours would be worth another £5,589 a year if they were paid.
But the lot of more junior IT staff has improved slightly over the past year. IT technicians now work an average four hours and 24 minutes unpaid each week, compared with five hours 12 minutes last year.
The TUC is urging IT staff to take a stand for a day by taking a proper lunch break and going home on time this Friday. Managers should take the chance to say thank you to their staff and take them for a cocktail or a coffee, it suggests.