Dutch managers, lecturers most often work overtime

Stock image of a female worker (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Peter van der Sluijs)Stock image of a female worker (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Peter van der Sluijs)

Last year 29 percent of Dutch employees worked overtime on a regular basis. Overtime work is most common among managers and people with a pedagogic profession - 56 percent and 45 percent respectively regularly work more hours than stated in their contracts, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 

Around 70 percent of Dutch employees rarely or never worked overtime last year. 34 percent never worked overtime. Among women this group is slightly larger than among men, 37 percent and 31 percent respectively. Employees with a service profession, like cleaners and catering staff, work overtime least often. 

More men, 32 percent, work overtime regularly than women, 26 percent. An equal proportion of men and women sometimes put in overtime hours. People who work overtime regularly, do so on average 6 hours per week. Those who occasionally put in extra hours, do so on average 3 hours a week. 

Employees with a full time job are much more likely to work overtime than part-time workers, 38 percent full time workers and 21 percent part-timers. Among full-time workers, men and women work overtime equally often. Among part-time workers, 23 percent of women work overtime compared to 17 percent of men. 

Few young workers between the ages of 15 and 25 years and older workers between 65 and 75 years work over time, with 16 and 15 percent respectively. Overtime is most common in the age group 25 to 35 year olds, where 35 percent regularly put in extra hours.