The latest quarterly Labour Force Survey shows that 2 billion hours of unpaid overtime were worked in 2011, which the TUC says is the equivalent of a million full-time jobs.
About 5.3 million workers put in a weekly average of 7.2 hours, worth about £5,300 a year each. Most of the estimated total of £29.2 billion was donated to bosses by workers in London and the South East. The survey found that about one million more workers were working unpaid overtime than in 1992, when data were first collected. ■