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Dramatic increase in overtime work

Published torsdag 19 april 2012 kl 18.57

Swedes worked more than 4 million overtime hours last year, which corresponds to 115, 000 full time jobs, according a report from the white collar trade union group TCO.

The amount of unpaid extra hours adds up to about 25, 000 jobs.

The most paid overtime was carried out by office workers in the private sector (22.6 percent), while academics were more likely to work extra hours unpaid (8.2 percent).

The report also reveals that the amount of overtime worked in Sweden grew by ten percent from 2009 to 2011, in the wake of the global economic downturn. During the same period employment grew by about three percent.

“This is not sustainable if people are going to keep working till 65 or older,” Mats Essemyr, author of the report told news agency TT.

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