Putting paid to overtime pay


SPAIN’S salaried employees work an extra 5.19 million hours a week but only half are getting paid for it.

A weekly 2,521,800 hours of overtime were unpaid by employers in the last three months of 2011, according to Spain’s official statistics office, INE.

Based on a normal 35-hour working week this adds up to 72,028 full days. Put another way, unpaid overtime was equivalent to the earnings of 70,000 full time workers.

During the last three months of 2011, employees no longer received 150,000 hours of overtime that they had been paid in the past, INE also found.

There was practically no difference in the 5.19 million hours of overtime worked in the last three months of 2011 and the preceding quarter, INE revealed. Nevertheless, the number of unpaid hours increased by 158,400 while the number of paid hours fell by 155,500.

Shop workers and vehicle repair mechanics worked more unpaid overtime than any other sectors, with a weekly 432,700 hours, followed by education professionals (247,000 hours) and workers in IT and the communications industry (233,700 hours).

Although teachers worked fewer unpaid hours than shop workers or mechanics, only 5.5 per cent received overtime pay, followed by employees in finance and insurance (18.3 per cent).



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