The QTU believes any teacher, head of program or school leader who is routinely required to work beyond 42 hours per week is experiencing time theft.
Over 12,000 QTU members responded to our Queensland Teacher Workload (2018) survey which showed that teachers work an average of 44 hours per week and school leaders work an average of 62 hours during a typical week.
The findings are consistent with other education and industrial research. Reducing the average hours of work to less than 42 will be the focus of the next steps in the QTU’s workload reduction campaign.
To be clear, there is no requirement for QTU members to work 42 hours per week, or work during school holidays, or on public holidays. “Less than 42” recognises a tipping point and aims to restore work-life balance.
“Less than 42” is based on a Queensland public servant who works for 36¼ hours per week for 46 weeks (excluding annual leave and public holidays). To work the same number of hours over 40 teaching weeks (excluding public holidays and student free days), QTU members would work 41.7 hours.