Something for nothing - unpaid overtime in Australia

Policy brief no.7
23 November 2009

The typical full-time employee in Australia works 70 minutes of unpaid overtime a day. This equates to 33 eight-hour days per year, or six and a half standard working weeks. Something for nothing - unpaid overtime in Australia examines the nature, extent and consequences of Australia's heavy reliance on unpaid overtime. Across the workforce, the 2.14 billion hours of unpaid overtime worked per year is a $72 billion gift to employers, equivalent to 6 per cent of all economic activity in Australia.

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Josh Fear, Richard Denniss, 2009, Something for nothing - unpaid overtime in Australia, The Australia Institute, viewed 09 December 2016, <http://apo.org.au/node/19767>.

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