How much are you losing because of unpaid overtime?
Every year, The Australia Institute’s Go Home on Time Day estimates the value of unpaid overtime which Australian workers perform in their workplaces.
Use our unpaid overtime calculator to calculate how much of your time is “stolen” each year, in the form of unpaid overtime work – and see how you compare to the average Australian.
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How many hours a week do you get paid for (i.e. your standard hours of work)?
Think about all the times you performed work for your employer outside of your regular paid work
hours: things like going in early, staying late, working through lunch or tea breaks, working at
home or on weekends, answering calls or emails out of hours.
In total, how many hours of this unpaid overtime did you perform for your
employer in the last 7 days?
What’s your gross salary (i.e. salary before tax)?
Based on your experience last week, you’re losing approximately hours of pay each year in unpaid overtime. That’s equivalent to weekends a year.
Each week, that unpaid overtime costs you around , or over the year. Your employer benefits from your time, but doesn’t pay you for it. It’s like “time theft.”
This unpaid overtime is worth of your actual earnings.
You are also losing hours of time per year, worth another , in unused holiday leave. The total value of time “stolen” from you (in unpaid overtime and unused holidays) therefore equals .
You are not alone. Based on a national survey, the average worker in Australia loses almost 5 hours per week to unpaid overtime – or 240 hours per year.
And across Australia, unpaid overtime exacts a terrible toll. Australians will work a total of 2.4 billion hours of unpaid overtime this year, worth over $80 billion per year. That’s a windfall for employers. But it hurts family budgets, reduces consumer spending, and damages the economy. Worst of all, it makes it even harder to achieve a healthy work/life balance.
About half of Australians with paid holiday leave entitlements, did not take their full holiday last year – and they left, on average, around two weeks of paid holiday “on the table.” That represents the theft of many more billions of dollars worth of time, and further damages Australian families.
Now in its 12th year, Go Home On Time Day is a great way to remind ourselves that life doesn’t need to revolve solely around work. On this day, protect yourself against time theft: go home, exercise, cook a healthy meal, spend time with your family or your friends.
And while you’re at, make sure you book your annual holiday leave: because summer is coming fast!
Sign up today, and commit to Go Home On Time on Wednesday, November 18. We’ll send you an official Leave Pass and a reminder on the day.
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Now in its twelfth year, Go Home on Time Day on Wednesday 18th November 2020 is a great way to remind
ourselves that life shouldn't revolve around work alone.
Go Home On Time Day is an initiative of The Australia Institute, Australia’s most influential progressive
think tank. Learn more about The Australia Institute here http://www.tai.org.au.
The day was conceived in 2009 as a light-hearted way to start necessary conversations in our workplaces
about work/life balance, the value of time, and time theft.
Go Home On Time Day is being organised through The Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work. The
Centre carries out progressive economic research on work, employment, and labour markets. Learn more about
the Centre, and sign up for regular research updates, by visiting www.futurework.org.au.
Wednesday 18th November is your day to stand up against the theft of your time in unpaid overtime and unutilized holidays.
Mark your calendar, and start planning how you will use the time off you are entitled to! Sign up below for Go Home On Time Day. We’ll send you a “Leave Pass,” workplace poster, and other Go Home on Time Day materials.
Invite your friends to participate, and help start the conversation about the value of time, a healthy work/life balance, and protecting ourselves against time theft.
Entire workplaces can participate, too: just send us an email: we’ll send you a whole information pack for your workplace.
Download our Go Home on Time Day posters below to display in your workplace. Or get your whole workplace involved – send us an email and we’ll send you a workplace pack. You may wish to hold a morning or afternoon tea, a lunch-time yoga class or a post-work picnic with the kids.
Sign up for Go Home on Time Day and we’ll send you an official leave pass.