Workers giving away over £71m everyday in unpaid overtime*

Over a third of UK workers taking on unpaid overtime do so because they fear losing their job.

Key statistics

• Nearly a quarter (23pc) of workers in Great Britain say they have increased the amount of unpaid time they spend at work due to the current economic climate
• 45-54 year olds are doing the most amount of unpaid overtime, with 27pc having increased the time they spend at work. 50pc of those are working longer hours because their organisation cannot afford more staff/ has made redundancies, and 38pc are concerned about job security
• For those who have increased their unpaid hours at work, 40pc said it was down to being understaffed and 37pc said they were concerned about job security. Only 12pc are working longer unpaid hours because their organisation is doing well and there is more work to do
• 65pc of consumers are more concerned about their financial future now than they were twelve months ago, with the over 45-54 year olds most concerned (70pc)
• 41pc believe that their financial situation will deteriorate over the next year, compared to 23pc who think it will improve
• The 25-34s are the most optimistic age group with 41pc thinking things will improve, whereas the over 55s appear the most pessimistic with only 14pc believing their circumstances will improve and 53pc believing their situation will worsen

According to independent research commissioned by online credit report provider Callcredit Check, nearly a quarter (23pc) of workers in Great Britain claim to be working longer hours without payment and almost two thirds (65pc) claim to be more concerned about their financial future now than they were twelve months ago.

Just 12pc of those working beyond their contracted hours each day are staying late because their organisation is doing well and there's more work to be done whereas four out of ten workers claim that their increase in workload is down to the fact that their organisation cannot afford more staff or has recently made redundancies. More than a third (37pc) of workers say that their late nights are down to concerns over job security, with the over 55s the most concerned about this (42pc), compared to 28pc of 18-24 year olds.

There are however signs that consumers are becoming marginally less negative regarding their own economic standing with 23pc of UK adults believing that their financial situation will improve over the course of the next 12 months, compared to 19pc in December 2008. Although 41pc believe that their financial situation will deteriorate over the next year, this is a marked improvement compared to December 2008 when 57pc said they thought their own situation would worsen over the coming 12 months.

Owen Roberts, head of www.callcreditcheck.com, comments, "Financial insecurity, whether job related or not, is clearly an issue for many UK workers. To help alleviate these financial concerns a good first step for any individual would be to check their credit report which will give them an excellent overview of their current financial commitments.

"Consumers who are concerned that they can no longer make ends meet should speak with their lenders before things become unmanageable or an independent organisation such as the Consumer Credit Counselling Service to work out the best way forward."

Research information
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2030 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 3rd - 6th April 2009. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).


* Calculation based on:
10pc people working up to an hour overtime = (0.1 x 29, 380, 000**) x £10.53*** = £30,937,140
8pc people working up to 2 hours overtime = (0.08 x 29, 380, 000) x £10.53 = £24,749,712
5pc people working an arbitary 3 hours overtime = (0.05 x 29, 380, 000) x £10.53 = £15,468, 570
Total = £30,937,140 + £24,749,712 + £15,468, 570 = £71,155,422

** UK working population - 29.38 million. Office for National Statistics - Labour market statistics, March 2009

*** Average hourly pay - £10.53. Office for National Statistics - Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, November 2008

About Callcredit Check

• Callcredit Check is the consumer arm of credit reference agency Callcredit, providing consumers with instant online access to their credit report and services to help them monitor their credit status.
• Callcredit is the UK's most innovative and customer-focused Credit Reference Agency, with an established reputation for service differentiation; focusing on listening to clients and creating innovative solutions that deliver real business value. Find out more at www.callcredit.co.uk

• Callcredit is one of six core businesses that form the Callcredit Information Group (CIG). CIG brings together experts across the fields of credit referencing, marketing services, interactive solutions and consultative analytics to enable our client base of businesses and consumers to make informed decisions using our innovative products and services.

The group is made up of two complementary divisions:
? Credit Solutions, encompassing Callcredit, Legatio and DecisionMetrics - specialists in credit risk, ID verification services and tracing tools.
? Marketing Solutions, providing specialist knowledge in customer analytics, consumer targeting, database building and hosting, marketing communications, business modelling and market analysis through three market leaders in their own fields: EuroDirect, Broadsystem and GMAP Consulting.