EMPLOYERS in the West Midlands claimed £2.7bn worth of free labour last year because of workers doing unpaid overtime, according to official statistics released by the TUC (Trades Union Congress).
The figures show 18 per cent of people in the West Midlands were working unpaid overtime.
There were 3,674,514 average weekly hours of unpaid overtime over the year, equating to £6,241 annual value per worker.
The TUC recently held its 16th annual ‘Work Your Proper Hours Day’ which marks the day when average employees finish their ‘unpaid’ days worth of overtime for that year.
Among the occupations the TUC found to take the most unpaid overtime were teaching and education, health and social services managers and directors, legal professionals, media professionals and chief executives and senior officials.