/ 17 November 2021

And if you want more pay…

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…then working more doesn’t seem to be the answer. A report out this morning by the Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work says the work from home situation brought on by the pandemic has seen workers toil for an extra 1.5 hours a week. That means the average working Aussie has been putting in 6.13 hours unpaid each week this year, an increase from 5.25 hours in 2020 and 4.62 hours in 2019. If you’re a salaried worker, that’s taken up by uncompensated early starts, late finishes, lunching al desko, and dealing with your inbox after hours and on the weekend. If you’re paid by the hour, it comes down to the expectation you’ll do the same, the report says. They call it a “time theft crisis” and say 26% of workers reported that their employers’ expectations of their availability increased during the pandemic. Still, 65% of respondents said they will continue to slog it out from home even after COVID is behind us.

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