Over-50s: overworked, underpaid?

Stat of the day: 660,000 - The number of people in their late 50s and early 60s who worked unpaid overtime in 2011.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

As the sun begins to set on your career, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you could begin to take things easy. Not when there's an international economic crisis on, according to findings by the TUC: apparently, 660,000 people in their late 50s and early 60s put in extra hours last year - quarter of a million more than in the halcyon days of 2001.

Apparently, it's because the long-hours culture prevalent among the younger generation has become 'entrenched' among their older counterparts. Obviously, the TUC is shocked and appalled: 'it's becoming the norm in far too many workplaces,' lamented general secretary Brendan Barber.

Appropriately enough, then, it's Work Your Proper Hours Day today. Although we're not sure the freelance contingent is impressed. As radio presenter Janice Forsyth tweeted: 'It's National Work Your Proper Hours Day. Hahahahahahahahahaha'.

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