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Work: Employees worked around 1.3 billion overtime hours in 2023

Work: Employees worked around 1.3 billion overtime hours in 2023

On average, each employee worked 31.6 hours of overtime last year – 18.4 of which were unpaid. However, compared to the previous year, the number of overtime hours decreased.

Employees in Germany worked around 1.3 billion overtime hours in 2023. 775 million of these hours were unpaid, according to a response from the Federal Ministry of Labor to a written question from Left-wing MP Susanne Ferschl, which was first reported by the “Rheinische Post”. The Ministry of Labor therefore relies on data from the Institute for Labor Market and Occupational Research (IAB) of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) from February 2024, which was available to the dpa.

Accordingly, the total overtime worked last year corresponded to the equivalent of 835,000 full-time positions. In 2023, each employee worked an average of 31.6 hours of overtime, 18.4 of which were unpaid.

In 2022, employees had worked around 1.4 billion overtime hours. This means that the overtime total in 2023 fell by around 100 million compared to the previous year.

Ferschl criticized: “Employers save billions in wage costs through unpaid overtime, while employees suffer from extended working hours and constant demands for flexibility.”

Source: Stern

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