Treasury: Overtime

Treasury written question – answered on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total amount of unpaid overtime worked by staff in his Department in the last 24 months.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

HM Treasury operates a flexible working hours scheme which allows staff to take time off if they work longer hours during the week.

It is in the interests of the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff that work in excess of the normal hours of duty in a week should not be consistently required. We are keen to ensure that all staff enjoy a good work life balance and it is with this in mind that we strongly recommend that time off in lieu be taken in the event of working excess hours. However, it is recognised that from time to time, this may be unavoidable.

Where it is not appropriate or possible to take time off in lieu of hours worked, staff are paid for these additional hours at plain time rate, in line with our overtime policy.

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