The Decline of Overtime Working in Britain

35 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2019

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David N.F. Bell

University of Stirling - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Robert A. Hart

University of Stirling - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract

The share of overtime hours within total hours worked in Britain has declined from 4.8% to 2.9% between 1999 and 2018. This is equivalent to 321 thousand full-time jobs. We investigate this decline focussing on full-time and part-time males and females together with overtime pay effects that include the implications for the gender pay gap. We test for economic, structural and cyclical influences via a two-part regression model that allows us to differentiate between the incidence of overtime working and the average weekly hours of overtime workers. This investigation features collective bargaining coverage, job mobility, the minimum wage, industrial composition and the public/private sector dichotomy. The analysis covers the whole economy embracing nineteen 1-digit industries as well as a separate insight into the manufacturing industry where we feature vehicle manufacture.

Keywords: overtime hours, overtime pay, two-part regression model

JEL Classification: J21, J22, J31, J52

Suggested Citation

Bell, David N.F. and Hart, Robert A., The Decline of Overtime Working in Britain. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12651. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3468599

David N.F. Bell (Contact Author)

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Robert A. Hart

University of Stirling - Department of Economics ( email )

Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
United Kingdom
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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