You can choose to work more than 48 hours a week on average if you’re over 18. This is called ‘opting out’.
The Working Time Directive is a European Union Directive which creates the right for EU workers to:
- a minimum number of holidays each year
- paid breaks, and rest of at least 11 hours in any 24 hours
- restricts excessive night work
- to work no more than 48 hours per week.
More information on maximum weekly working hours - click here
In the UK workers can 'opt-out' of the 48 hour restriction, enabling them to work more hours.
You can cancel your opt-out agreement whenever you want - even if it’s part of your employment contract.
You must give your employer at least 7 days’ notice.
How do I opt-out?
- When you registered you would have been asked if you wish to opt-out of the 48 hour restriction.
You can check your opt-out status by
What if I change my mind later?
You can manage your opt-out status from your online profile clicking here