Shift work

Felicity AlexanderEditor's message: Shift working is used by employers to make full use of resources in the industrial sectors and to provide a 24-hour service for customers. Shift working is common in organisations providing services relating to utilities, health, entertainment and retail. Increasingly, shift working is being used in service industries to meet the demands of a 24-hour society and international dealings.

Careful consideration needs to be given to the pay premiums generally paid to shift workers and the most appropriate type of shift pattern - taking into account restrictions on working hours and the health of workers. Another factor to consider is the level of management and support required by shift workers.

Felicity Alexander, employment law editor

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