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
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 5.4 hours per week to unpaid overtime – or 280 hours per year.
And across Australia, unpaid overtime exacts a terrible toll. Australians worked a total of 3.3 billion hours of unpaid overtime in 2023, worth $131 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.
The extent of time theft in Australia is particularly concerning amidst the backdrop of high inflation and declining real wages. Workers are not getting their fair share of national income meanwhile profits are still growing faster than wages.
Now in its 15th 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 it, 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 22. We’ll send you an official Leave Pass and a reminder on the day.
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Now in its fifteenth year, Go Home on Time Day on Wednesday 22nd November 2023 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, one of Australia’s most influential public policy think tanks.
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 futurework.org.au.
Wednesday 22nd November is your day to stand up against the theft of your time in unpaid overtime and unutilised 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.