Australians are working an average of six hours’ unpaid overtime a week, a total of $106bn of free work given to employers every year.
An Australia Institute survey of 1,459 people to mark the 10th anniversary of Go Home on Time Day, found Australia suffers from an epidemic of overwork while others complain of underemployment.
The survey suggests the rates of unpaid overtime are increasing, to an average of six hours’ unpaid work a week in 2018, up from 5.1 hours a week in 2017 and 4.6 hours in 2016.
SOURCE: Paul Karp. “‘Epidemic of Time Theft’: Australians Work two Months’ Unpaid Overtime a year.” The Guardian, 21 November 2018.
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