Mate of mine has recently been putting a lot of hours in on a project and was told it would be paid as overtime. Today he was told due to budget restraints and cuts he couldnât have the hours paid and it would have to be time off in Lieu. So he basically has a six week Christmas break. The mad bit is, his team are bringing in a contractor to cover him while he is on leave on Â£400 a day! How the hell can somebody justify that? The over time he would have got paid is less than a weekâs money they will pay for a contractor but âcomes from a different budgetâ WTF!!!! Itâs still my tax money! I would love to see this tried in outside industry, I think no matter the industry someone would soon get a P45 for this sort of stunt.