Mancs have been revealed as the most ‘overworked’ employees in the UK

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Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 10th April 2024

Manchester has been revealed as the home of the UK’s most ‘overworked’ employees, according to a new study.

In case you weren’t aware, April is also National Stress Awareness Month, and we all know that work and our jobs can be a huge contributing factor to our stress levels – but where abouts in the country are you likely to find the people experiencing the most stress at the hands of their career? In other words, where do the most overworked employees live?

Well, in a bid to answer this question, call-answering company Moneypenny decided to carry out a survey of 1,000 UK workers to discover which cities and industries are most likely to work overtime, and the hours they clock up each month.

The survey also looked at how the working of overtime impacts on the wellbeing and personal relationships of workers.

And, unfortunately, Manchester has claimed the top spot on the list.


The shocking new research found that, overall, 84% of Brits say they feel pressured to work overtime in their job, and one in four who do work overtime end up doing so without extra pay too – with the expectations of fulfilling their role’s responsibilities cited as being the top reason for people going above and beyond.

52% of survey respondents from 15 major UK cities have admitted to working overtime on a weekly basis, but when it comes to here in Manchester, that figure is even higher


Mancs who responded to the survey said they stay behind at work an average of 9.6 days each month.

Clocking up a whopping average of 31.68 hours of monthly overtime, the average weekly contracted hours of employed residents is 32, meaning Manchester workers are adding an extra week’s worth of labour onto their monthly hours. 

Top 10 Most Overworked Cities in the UK

  1. Manchester
  2. London
  3. Norwich
  4. Bristol
  5. Belfast
  6. Sheffield
  7. Southampton
  8. Nottingham
  9. Leeds
  10. Newcastle

London, Norwich, Bristol, and Belfast are the other four cities rounding out the top five behind Manchester, while fellow Northern cities in the top 10 include Leeds and Sheffield.


The number one industry where employees were found to work the most overtime was Law Enforcement and Security, followed by Business, Consulting, and Management, IT, and Energy and Utilities, with Media and Internet closing out the top five.

The study also showed that working overtime, whether driven by job demands or economic factors, has a significant impact on lives outside of the workplace too.

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More than a quarter (26%) of respondents reported that working overtime harmed their physical health, while 23% cited adverse effects on their mental health, and on top of this, more than one in six workers stated that overtime had caused relationship issues, with one in 12 even admitting that it had led to a breakup.

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