Warning for thousands of Britons who may suddenly have to work overtime

The clocks will move forward to 1am this Sunday (March 27), by which time it will become 2am – so we will have effectively skipped an hour. It marks the transition from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to British Summer Time (BST).

Night shift workers may be wondering what the time change means to them

It’s that time of year when the clocks go forward and for many of us that means we lose an hour in bed.

But what does it mean if you work nights this weekend?

The clocks will move forward to 1am this Sunday (March 27), by which time it will become 2am – so we will have effectively skipped an hour.

The UK currently operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which means we are switching to British Summer Time (BST).

This will be the place until October when the clocks roll back and we return to BST again.

If you work this weekend during the clock change, we explain what this means for your working hours and your salary.

What ticking clocks mean for workers

If you work the night on Saturday, until Sunday morning, the need for a “full shift” will depend on your contract.

Pam Loch, Solicitor and Managing Director of Loch Employment Law Limited, explains that if your contact works fixed hours, there is no obligation for your boss to make your work overtime.

However, if you are committed to the number of hours you work, rather than fixed hours, you may have to stay longer.

“If the contract says you have to work between midnight and 6 a.m., then you only need to work five hours instead of six,” she said.

“If you are hired to work six hours on a shift set at 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., your employer could change the shift to 12:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. so that you work six hours.

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“However, whether or not an employer can legally do this depends on what the contract says about changing working hours.

“They may well be able to do that by giving you limited notice of the change depending on what the contract says.”

How you get paid when the clocks change also depends on your contract and whether it’s based on an hourly wage or a fixed rate wage.

“If you’re paid by the hour, you’ll probably only be paid for the hours worked, meaning one hour less,” Ms Loch said.

“If you are an employee, it is likely that you will always receive the same rate, even if you work an hour less if you work on Sundays.

“An employer can take this into account by considering that it balances out when the clocks change in the winter.”

Bosses should remind employees of the one-hour change in good time to ensure they don’t arrive late for work on Sundays.

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Maria D. Ervin