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A new study has revealed that Scottish workers across the UK have the longest working day and that on average, Scottish workers work eight weeks extra per year with no extra payment.
The survey found that on average, Scottish workers work for more than 30 minutes more than the national average per day with two-thirds of those working in Scotland stating that they put in more effort and time than expected or is required. Applying the figures throughout the year, Scottish workers effectively work for eight weeks more per year than other UK workers.
The study into work habits and payment in the UK surveyed around 16,000 respondents with around 1,000 employees who live and work in Scotland taking part.
To have an open range of jobs and employees in different sectors, the survey questioned workers in many different industries including those working in accounting and finance, admin, construction, customer service, distribution, electronics, engineering, hospitality, IT, legal, sales and many other areas.
The data, which was carried out by CV- Library, concluded that Scots in full-time employment who are contracted for just 7.5 hours per day, tend to work eight hours and 44 minutes per day, with the UK average being just eight hours and 16 minutes. If applied across the year, this would work out as over 42 days extra than other workers, despite no extra pay. Employees working such hours would be entitled to around £5,000 extra per annum.
As well as working overtime, the research found that many Scottish full-time employees work for more than 10 hours per day, exceeding the 48 hours per week limit imposed by EU working laws.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, the group behind the research said: "Many Scottish businesses are facing low productivity as the nation struggles with skills shortages and economic uncertainty; it is extremely concerning to see full-time workers are forced to pick up the slack with no reward.
"The government needs to work with businesses to tackle the issues head-on; especially for regions like Scotland where workers are facing worryingly long work days.”
Biggins also commented on the negative impact that could occur in the event of a Leave vote in the upcoming EU referendum with many working hours increased in the event of a Brexit.
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