There has been a steep rise in the number of people who work excessive hours
over the last two years.
A survey by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Work-Life Balance
Campaign and Management Today finds that one in six workers now work more than
60 hours a week compared to just one in eight of all UK staff in 2000.
The study also raises concerns about long hours and illness, with seven out
of 10 stressed workers not having access to formal flexible working practices.
The survey shows that three-quarters of employees currently work overtime,
and of these, only a third are rewarded with extra pay or time off in lieu.
Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, said: "More
and more British workers are recognising that balancing quality of life and
family is as important as a fulfilling career. People clearly want greater
control and choice over their working hours but lack the confidence and
knowledge to do anything about it."