What is the Working Time Directive?

Last updated on 29 January 2024

Much as you may want to work as many hours/shifts as possible, we have to put a limit on this. This is because of a legal requirement for us to follow something called the Working Time Directive (WTD). This means that employers such as ourselves have a ‘Duty of Care’ to you as an employee. It ensures that you’re not overworked and maintain a healthy work/life balance, while still earning a decent wage. In short, we have to place the following restrictions on ALL roles:
  • You cannot work more than 60 hours a week.
  • No single shift should be over 13 hours long.
  • If you book a shift of 8 hours or more, you cannot book another one 11 hours before or afterwards to ensure you’ve had adequate rest.
We hope you understand. We have to comply with UK law and, ultimately, don’t want you to be overworked.