BriefingBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7155.3 (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:S3-7155
A survey in IRS Employment Review (1998:660;5-10) finds that almost two thirds of employees regularly work overtime. The commonest premium rates are time-and-a-half on weekdays and Saturdays and double time on Sundays and public holidays. Nearly half of employers thought that much of the overtime worked in their organisation was unnecessary, and four out of five had attempted to reduce it. Of course, for junior doctors the incentive is reversed - their compulsory overtime is cheaper than the day rate.