Shift work

Clio Springer Editor's message: Historically associated with the manufacturing and industrial sectors and organisations that provide a 24-hour service, such as utilities and emergency services, shift working is increasingly being used in service industries to meet the demands of a 24-hour society.

Careful consideration needs to be given to the most appropriate type of shift pattern and the premiums that will be paid to shift workers. XpertHR has practical guidance on setting up, managing and reviewing a shift system and key resources on shift pay.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

Latest items in Shift work

  • Shift working survey 2015 - pay and working patterns

    Date:
    4 December 2015
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    Our latest research investigates the most common shift patterns and looks at the hours, rotations and pay of shift workers.

  • How to set up, manage and review a shift system

    Type:
    How to

    Practical guidance on employing shift workers, including shift patterns; shift premiums; and night work.

  • Introduce a shift system

    Type:
    Tasks

  • Introduce a shift swap policy

    Type:
    Tasks

  • Shift swapping

    Type:
    Employment glossary

    Definition from the XpertHR glossary.

  • Shift-working hours and rotation: 2012 XpertHR survey

    Date:
    7 December 2012
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    Shift-working arrangements can be complex, involving various start and finish times, and shift rotations, but they continue to be used by companies to meet business needs and to match staffing with variable demand for goods and services.

  • Shift-working premiums: 2012 XpertHR survey

    Date:
    7 December 2012
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    Shift premiums remain stable, with few employers further enhancing pay for shift working, but, nevertheless, working antisocial hours or on alternating shift systems continues to merit additional reward, which can boost earnings by as much as 50%.

  • Managing shift-working arrangements: the 2009 IRS survey

    Date:
    14 August 2009
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    Shift working covers a plethora of working arrangements and our research illustrates that, despite the difficult economic background prevailing over the past year, this type of working remains a central part of the employment landscape.

  • Flexible working

    Type:
    Good practice manual

    Good practice guidance discussing the importance of flexible working, the issues involved in drawing up an organisational policy and the main types of flexible working.

  • Shift-swap policy

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    A model policy to set out the process by which employees can agree to swap shifts with colleagues.

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HR and legal information and guidance relating to shiftwork.