Shift pay

Rachel Sharp Editor's message: Employees who work outside of normal working hours are typically compensated through additional pay. As a general rule, the greater the disruption to an employee's normal life, the larger the premium: while some shift patterns - such as permanent mornings - often do not attact an additional premium, for employees on permanent nights the additional pay can be considerable. Employers should make it clear in the contract of employment what the shift premium is and how often it will be reviewed.

For information on shift-working arrangements, see Shift work.

Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor

New and updated

  • Shift working survey 2015 - pay and working patterns

    4 December 2015
    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

    How to

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

  • Introduce a shift system


  • Shift allowance contract clause

    Policies and documents

    A model contract clause on shift payments.

  • "Broad brush" explanation for differential

    1 May 1993
    Law reports

    In Calder and another v Rowntree Mackintosh Confectionery Ltd (19 February 1993) EOR49A, the Court of Appeal upholds a finding that the employers had satisfied the defence under s.1(3) of the Equal Pay Act by showing that a differential between women twilight-shift workers and male rotating-shift workers was due to the inconvenience of being required to work rotating shifts.

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