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Overtime up in one third of Australian workplaces, Hays reveals

One-third (34%) of organisations increased overtime over the past 12 months, up from 32% one year prior, according to Hays.

Of these, 81% increased overtime by up to 25%. A further 17% did so by between 25 and 50%.

Of the more than 3,000 organisations surveyed as part of the annual Hays Salary Guide, just 8% managed to reduce overtime over the past 12 months.

Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand, said, “Increased business activity and a growing shortage of highly-skilled professionals have driven up overtime in some organisations, with employers turning to their existing team to ensure workloads are completed.

“Employers need to seriously consider the physical and emotional impact extra work has on their people. Can overworked employees really perform at their best?

“In many organisations there could be a good business case for adding addition headcount – either permanent or temporary – to get through peak periods and relieve pressure on existing staff,” he said.

According to the Hays Salary Guide, 67% of employers say skill shortages are likely to impact the effective operation of their business or department in either a significant (26%) or minor (41%) way. Turnover has increased in 32% of organisations and 57% of employers would consider employing or sponsoring a qualified overseas candidate in skill-short areas.

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