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In November 2003, 37% of employees worked overtime in their main job on a regular basis, up from 33% in November 2000. The majority (90%) of those working regular overtime were employed full-time. Men were more likely to work overtime than women (44% and 29% respectively), in part reflecting the high proportion of women working part-time. Of those working full-time, 49% of men and 41% of women worked regular overtime.
A third of those working regular overtime were not paid for their most recent period of overtime worked, while 38% were paid. The remainder had overtime included in their salary package (21%), took time off in lieu of overtime (6%), or had some other arrangement (1%).
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of managers and administrators worked overtime on a regular basis, a higher proportion than any other occupation group. Managers and administrators who worked overtime were most likely to have overtime included in their salary package (45%). Another 40% were not paid for their most recent period of overtime.
Working extra hours for time off
In November 2003, 41% of employees were able to work extra time in order to take time off. Full-time employees were more likely to be able to work extra hours to take time off (44%) than part-time employees (34%).
Employees working in the government administration and defence industry (65%), and the agriculture, forestry and fishing (52%) industry were most likely to be able to work extra hours to take time off. Employees were least likely to be able to work extra hours to take time off in the education (26%), and accommodation, cafes and restaurants (29%) industries (graph 6.24).
Flexible start and finish times
In November 2003, 50% of employees had set start and finish times that were not negotiated with their employer. A further 16% had set start and finish times that they were able to negotiate with their employer. Part-time employees were more likely to work set hours negotiated with their employer (21%) than full-time employees (15%) (table 6.25).
One in five employees (22%) did not have set start and finish times and were able to choose their times on a day-to-day basis. A higher proportion of full-time employees were able to choose their times (24%) than part-time employees (19%).
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