62% of Irish professionals receive no recognition for overtime

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According to a survey by global recruitment consultancy Robert Walters, 62% of Irish professionals receive no recognition from their employers for working overtime. 

Almost 600 Irish professionals were surveyed on a variety of employment related issues ranging from work/life balance and productivity through to environmental policies and employer support.

Our survey clearly shows that the days of working 9-5 are long gone, with the majority of Irish professionals working longer hours for no extra remuneration.

Survey participants were asked to indicate how their employer recognised overtime worked, with 62% of those surveyed stating that they received no recognition for additional hours worked. This figure does however mark a decrease from 2010 when 66% of respondents received no recognition from their employers for working overtime.

The proportion of respondents receiving overtime pay for additional hours worked increased by 1% from 2010 with 12% of respondents now reporting that they receive monetary recognition for overtime. Professionals who received time in lieu increased marginally from 12% in 2010 to 13% in 2011. There was also a 1% increase in professionals who received recognition for overtime in the form of career progression with 11% in 2011, while lifestyle gifts as recognition for overtime remained the least utilised reward by employers remaining the same as 2010 at only 1%.

Louise Campbell, Managing Director of Robert Walters Ireland, comments:

“Our survey clearly shows that the days of working 9-5 are long gone, with the majority of Irish professionals working longer hours for no extra remuneration. Employers demand more out of existing staff in a downturn, and many would expect their employees to complete their workload irrespective of standard working hours.”

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