Overtime and premium payments


Overtime working should, in general, only occur during periods of exceptional pressure of work and only then, at the request of management. It should be worked on Monday to Friday if feasible and not over the weekends except as a last resort. Overtime working should be undertaken by volunteers. If PSC employees are required to work excess hours, it is expected that at least 48 hours' notice will be given to those concerned, other than in exceptional circumstances.

Existing employees who are promoted or re-graded after the effective date of the Agreement, and assimilate onto the new pay scales, retain the overtime multipliers appropriate to their grade. 

New employees in eligible pay scales will receive overtime payments. There is a single harmonised rate of plain time for the first 10 hours of overtime worked per month (calculated on the basis of 2 hours per week) and, subsequent to that, the rate of time-and-one-half of basic salary will be paid. There are no premium payments for new employees, such as additional pay for Public Holidays when worked as overtime, except where this is varied in local agreements (for example on-call payments and consolidated pay arrangements). All overtime must be agreed with management prior to it being worked. All overtime is worked on a voluntary basis, unless it is conditioned overtime agreed locally.

All Grades are eligible for overtime with the following exceptions: 

  • Corporate Leadership Group posts as these grades are classed as ‘All Hours Worked’ grades. 

These overtime rates will apply to all posts, except those in pay scales 26 and above, where overtime rates are capped at point 36 (top of pay band 25), and posts attracting consolidated pay in accordance with section 3.4, where local agreements apply.

Part-time employees will receive payments for additional hours at plain time rate up to the standard working week of 37 hours, and thereafter payment will apply at the rates set out above.