One-third (34 per cent) of organisations increased overtime over the past 12 months, up from 32 per cent one year prior, according to recruiting experts Hays.
Of these, 81 per cent increased overtime by up to 25 per cent. A further 17 per cent did so by between 25 and 50 per cent.
Of the more than 3,000 organisations surveyed as part of the annual Hays Salary Guide, just 8 per cent managed to reduce overtime over the past 12 months.
“Increased business activity and a growing shortage of highly-skilled professionals have driven up overtime in some organisations, with employers turning to their existing team to ensure workloads are completed,” says Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand.
“Employers need to seriously consider the physical and emotional impact extra work has on their people. Can overworked employees really perform at their best?
“In many organisations there could be a good business case for adding addition headcount – either permanent or temporary – to get through peak periods and relieve pressure on existing staff,” he said.
According to the Hays Salary Guide, 67 per cent of employers say skill shortages are likely to impact the effective operation of their business or department in either a significant (26 per cent) or minor (41 per cent) way. Turnover has increased in 32 per cent of organisations and 57 per cent of employers would consider employing or sponsoring a qualified overseas candidate in skill-short areas.