If you work at a salaried job and you want to say "I'm working late today"

Can you say



or do you say it another way?

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    I'm curious about 遅く働いています. To me (non-native speaker) it sounds like you started work late in the day. If you wanted to say you worked late perhaps 遅くまで働いています. But, I lack the confidence on this matter to assert an answer.
    – A.Ellett
    Commented Oct 22, 2021 at 21:53
  • I wasn't sure if 遅く can only mean late as in 'starting late' or if it can also mean late as in 'ending late'/'continuing until it's late'. Commented Oct 22, 2021 at 22:22

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It depends what you mean by "late".

[残業]{ざん・ぎょう} means "overtime work". So it could mean working late, but not necessarily (like if you were working a weekend shift or something).

And if it is for a normal shift, it could mean "later than normal", but not necessarily late into the night. So if you normally work, say, 6:00-15:00, but today you are 残業ing until 18:00, well that's late compared to your normal quitting time, but I don't think anyone would consider 18:00 "late" in the day/evening.

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