Australian workers are
donating an estimated $130 billion a year to their employers
through unpaid overtime, according to a leading workplace
The average employee does 5.1 hours a week of unpaid work,
up half an hour on 2016
The Centre for Future Work estimates employers are getting
$130 billion a year in free labour
The centre's director Jim Stanford blames an increase in
casual and other insecure work for the rise in unpaid
The Australia Institute's Centre for Future Work released
the research to coincide with its annual "Go Home On Time Day"
where it encourages workers not to stay back late at their
The centre's survey found the average worker was doing 5.1
hours a week in unpaid work.
"That includes everything from going in early or staying
late at work, to working through breaks, working through lunch,
taking work home, answering emails in the middle of the night," the
centre's director Jim Stanford told ABC News.
"All the different ways that work is trickling into our
everyday lives adds up to quite a bit of time.
Dr Stanford said that was half an hour more than the
findings from the centre's survey last year.
He believes that the increase in unpaid work reflects "the
profound insecurity that most Australians feel about their
"People are staying late because they want to keep their
employer happy, they want to show they've got a good work ethic,
they're hoping that they'll be able to keep their jobs.