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 clicking here


What if I change my mind later?

  • You can manage your opt-out status from your online profile clicking here