Teachers working £15,000 worth of unpaid overtime

Teaching has once again topped the list of professions working unpaid overtime – with teachers putting in extra hours worth £15,000 a year if they were to be remunerated.
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Each year, the TUC’s Work Your Proper Hours Day marks the date when the average employee doing unpaid overtime effectively stops working for free. This year, it falls on March 2.

Four in 10 teachers are regularly working unpaid overtime – the most of any profession – according to the TUC research, which is based on analysis of Labour Force Survey data.

It comes at a time when education unions fear that the government is pushing for a pay rise of just 1% or 2% in September 2024. The TUC’s figures have poured fuel on the fire.

And the Department for Education (DfE) has not helped matters after it missed the deadline for submitting evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) ahead of its 2024 pay deliberations.

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