Mark Whitehead 24 September 2018

Public sector workers doing '40 million hours of unpaid overtime'

Public sector workers doing 40 million hours of unpaid overtime image

Support staff in the public sector are doing more than 40 million hours of unpaid overtime a year, according to local government union Unison.

It says the figure equates to 25,000 extra public service staff working full time and 'highlights how far workers are prepared to go to keep services running efficiently and the impact of years of job cuts.'

The report We Can’t Go on Like This, based on analysis the Smith Institute think tank, warns that staff have reached a ‘tipping point’, which could have a knock-on impact on services and local communities.

The union says the government must fund the extra jobs to guarantee high quality services.

More than two in five of the respondents said they were doing unpaid overtime most weeks and some were taking on the duties of colleagues who had been made redundant.

Others said they were working beyond their pay grade without the necessary training.

Unison general secretary, Dave Prentis, said the staff were often they’re overlooked by politicians despite the vital jobs they do.

'It’s no wonder they feel overworked and undervalued. Many are facing intolerable pressures because of cutbacks, which have triggered staff shortages.

'The government must commit to funding the jobs needed to guarantee safe, high quality services. 'A failure to act will undermine standards further and weaken public confidence further still.'

Developing a cohesive council workforce image

Developing a cohesive council workforce

With council workers, increasingly being asked to deliver more with less, Alexander Carlton discusses the role of technology in creating a cohesive workforce.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Children's Supervising Social Workers and Senior Supervising Social Workers

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£35,246 - £42,710
We look for people with a 'can do' attitude, who are prepared to be accountable for achieving the best possible outcomes. London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Strategic Business and Transformation Manager

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£50,555 - £53,722 per annum
This position is on a fixed term contract basis for 12 months from the start date. Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Qualified Social Worker - Family Support & Protection

Essex County Council
Up to £207 per day + Umbrella rate
The Role Family Operations delivers direct provision of services relating to vulnerable children, young people and complex families. England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Programme Leader

Brent Council
£37,944 to £40,177 p.a. Inc.
Seeking a highly effective manager and leader for mathematics courses with understanding and demonstrable experience of... Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Researcher

Essex County Council
£29000 - £35350 per annum + plus benefits
About us At Essex County Council, what we do impacts the lives of over 1.4 million residents. We work hard to meet our residents' needs - from protect England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how public sector organisations can unlock the hidden value in their land, and why a new approach to construction could help boost the outcomes of the Government’s One Public Estate programme.

The December issue also considers why learnings from ancient cities could provide the key to promoting wellbeing in the modern built environment. It also contains a case study on how the London Borough of Westminster has provided high quality care for the elderly alongside a block of luxury apartments.

Register for your free digital issue