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Survey: 55% of employed people are not paid for overtime

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More than half of employed people work overtime. On top of that, 55% of them are not paid for working overtime and 45% are paid, according to results of a survey performed by CV Market.


In the survey «Do you your overtime?», 30% of respondents said that overtime is not paid for them, 26% said they don’t work overtime, 25% of respondents do work overtime and are paid for it. Only 19% said they work rarely agree to work overtime.
 

Of the people who confirmed they work overtime 55% said it is not paid for them and 45% said they are paid extra for overtime.
 

«Often job contracts include overtime in addition to normal work hours. This makes employees think overtime is part of their normal duties and that they are no eligible for additional pay. But this is wrong,» CV Market personnel selection manager Kristaps Kolosovs comments on results of the survey.
 

He explains that this trend is reinforced by situations when overtime work is hard to define. For example, employees are given a specific amount of work to do with a specific deadline, but it is not requested for work to be done outside of official work hours even though it is clear that it is not possible to do the given amount of work within work hours alone.
 

Survey data also shows that in majority of cases overtime men are the ones who work overtime the most often. Both men and women aged up to 35 more often mentioned that their overtime is paid. Respondents aged above 35 more often said they tend to work overtime without additional pay.
 

Overtime is most often paid in transport and logistics industry, customer service, construction and real estate. Overtime often goes unrewarded in general assistance, administration, human resource and finance industry.
 

It should be said that the situation is especially unfair for employees of sales and retail trade. A large number of respondents working in this industry mentioned that they are not paid for overtime, as concluded in the survey.
 

To prevent such a situation, Kolosovs recommends paying close attention to work hours and pay, as well as holiday and night hours before signing job contracts. When taking on additional duties, employees should consider if that could require more time to complete. If more time is needed, it is necessary to discuss additional pay with the employer.
 

«Employers, on the other hand, have to keep in mind that paying for overtime is not just their duty, but also a way to motivate employees to stay in the company and do a good job,» says Kolosovs.
 

The situation is slightly better in Estonia. Results of CV Market’s survey there show that 54% of employees are paid for working overtime, 46% are not paid for working overtime.
 

740 respondents aged 20 to 55 participated in the survey.

BNN

13-12-2017
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