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Overtime pay (2017)

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Is there overtime pay for staff in parliament when the House of Commons has to sit late? For example, like it has recently for the EU Withdrawal Bill.

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Response

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This information is held by the House of Commons.  Some groups of staff can claim overtime pay if they work extra hours at their manager's request, or alternatively, if mutually agreed, time off in lieu (TOIL) may be granted.  Staff in pay band A are only entitled to payments for overtime worked on a Saturday or Sunday.  Senior Commons Staff are not eligible for overtime payments and are expected to work such additional hours as are required by the service of Parliament. 

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In addition, some staff are contracted to work until the rise of the House, meaning that they work longer where there are late night sittings as part of their standard contractual terms.  This includes Security Officers and those who are required to carry out duties supporting the business of the House and the running of the Chamber e.g. Clerks, Hansard Reporters and Doorkeepers.  In some cases this is part of a shift pattern remunerated through a fixed shift allowance paid in addition to salary.  For other posts there are unsociable hours payments with a variable hourly element, paid according to the number of hours worked past 6pm.  The current rates of hourly UHP for all pay bands are £11.74 for each hour worked before 10.30pm and £16.00 for each hour worked after 10.30pm.

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The House also operates a flexitime policy which recognises that not all types of work are evenly distributed through the month or year. There may be periods of higher operational demand and activity, when longer working hours are required as with the recent EU Withdrawal Bill that you mention, interspersed with lower operational demand.
Full details of the overtime and flexi-time policies can be found at paragraph 8 in the Staff Handbook.