Overtime: your rights

Overview

If you have normal working hours, overtime usually means any time you work beyond these hours.

Normal working hours are the hours fixed by your employment contract.

Overtime pay

Employers do not have to pay workers for overtime. However, your average pay for the total hours you work must not fall below the National Minimum Wage.

Your employment contract will usually include details of any overtime pay rates and how they’re worked out.

Help and advice

Contact Acas for free and confidential advice on working hours.