clock your employee hours

Do you legally need to clock your employee hours in the UK?


In 2019, the European Court of Justice ruled that bosses must have a system in place to record worked employee hours.

Because this ruling came before the UK left the EU, it remains legally binding, so UK businesses need to track their employee hours and keep a record of each employee’s hours for two years.

If you do not currently measure your employees’ working hours and break periods, you could face a fine or worse.

The good news

How you track this is up to you. It could be through paper timesheets, Excel, email or more.

A purposefully designed Clocking system would be the simplest way, due to its ability to clock hours, separate overtime and breaks, and store data in a secure manner.

We suggest using a cloud-based system for its data security measures and 99.999% availability.

Currently, in the UK, you can’t require employees to work more than 48 hours a week on average, so having a record of hours worked will also ensure you are always compliant with Working Time Regulations.

The better news

With a Citadel clocking in machine (or Citadel app) you can track your workforce hours, report on lateness, breaks, payroll and more.

The cloud-based employee clocking system is simple to use and mobile, tablet and desktop compatible.

Not only can you stay legally compliant with the system, but you can gain real-time insights to help optimise your workforce.

Find out more about our clocking systems here.

Any questions, or if you’d like to request a free online demo to see how clocking in with Citadel could work for you, call 01761 410015, email us or click the chat icon.