Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “Year after year teachers top the TUC’s overtime league table. Even worse, teachers say many of the hours they are being expected to do aren’t even helpful to the children they teach. Instead it is time spent evidencing the work they are doing. With workload going up and real terms pay going down it is no surprise that we are facing such problems with recruiting new teachers and keeping the ones we’ve got.”

Editor’s note

Today is the TUC’s 15th annual Work Your Proper Hours Day, marking the fact that the average worker doing unpaid overtime has effectively worked the year so far for free.

The following tables derive from the TUC’s own press release:

Table 1 – teachers and education professionals - unpaid overtime by education sector

Pre-school

Primary

Secondary

Higher education

Other education

Number working unpaid overtime

17,152

272,134

300,072

88,033

33,171

Total employees

35,199

479,687

489,078

227,790

81,187

% working unpaid overtime

48.7

56.7

61.4

38.2

40.9

Total weekly hours unpaid overtime

109,152

3,540,134

3,826,989

849,461

346,135

Total annual hours unpaid overtime

5,676,000

184,087,000

199,003,000

44,172,000

17,999,000

Average weekly hours unpaid overtime

6.4

13.0

12.8

9.8

10.4

Source: LFS 2018 Q3.

Table 2 – unpaid overtime for occupations with longest average unpaid hours

Occupation

Number employees working unpaid overtime

Per cent working unpaid overtime

Average unpaid hours

Teaching and educational professionals

735,000

52.5%

12.1

Chief Executive

41,000

39.5%

11.4%

Legal professionals

69,000

42.5%

10.2

Hospitality and catering managers

40,000

17.6%

9.7

Functional managers*

374,000

40.4%

9.2

Production managers

133,000

32.1%

8.9

Managers in retail and leisure

88,000

32.7%

8.9

Finance institution managers

35,000

42.3%

8.9

Senior officers in the protective services

15,000

28.4%

8.7

Welfare professionals

50,000

31.3%

8.5

Source: the TUC’s analysis used unpublished ONS data from the Labour Force Survey (July-September 2018) and the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (2018)

*Functional managers: financial managers, marketing and sales directors, purchasing managers, advertising and public relations directors, human resource managers, IT managers.