Lists of example shift patterns

We sell lists of example shift patterns (rosters, rotas) for continuous work based on 4 teams. Please contact us for prices.

  • a constant number of staff (ie a team) rostered 24/7
  • average of 42 hours rostered per week (assuming paid mealbreaks and no handovers between shifts)
  • note that unpaid mealbreaks will reduce the average number of hours rostered per week
  • note that handovers between shifts will increase the average number of hours rostered per week


Shift pattern examples are available based on:

  • 8 hour shifts
    average of 5.25 shifts rostered per week
    average 1.75 rest days per week
    average of 1 weekend off in 4
  • 12 hour shifts
    average of 3.5 shifts rostered per week
    average of 3.5 rest days per week
    average of 2 weekend off in 4
  • 8 hour (weekdays) and 12 hour shifts (weekends)
    average of 4.75 shifts rostered per week
    average of 2.25 rest days per week
    average of 2 weekend off in 4

4 team shift patterns with a reduction in weekly hours

The average number of hours rostered per week in a 4-team system based on full teams, paid mealbreaks and no handovers between shifts is 42. This often exceeds the contracted weekly hours and so some organisations need to reduce the average number of hours rostered per week. One way of doing this is to  roster some  additional rest days for individuals which  effectively means running with less than a full team for part of the week. There are many ways in which this can be done depending on contracted hours required per week and team sizes.

An example: reducing to an average of 36 hours per week

Suppose you want:

  • 4 team system covering 24/7 but with just 36 hours rostered per week
  • paid mealbreaks
  • no handovers between shifts


One way of achieving this is to:

  • split each team into two halves
  • make sure that each half-team has the full range of skills and grades
  • roster full-teams during weekdays, Mon-Fri
  • roster half-teams at weekends, Sat-Sun


This can be done by taking a standard 4-team shift pattern based on full teams and rostering just half-teams at the weekends, on a rota basis.

If you would like to operate 24/7 with 4 teams, but on something less than 42 hours per week, contact us and we can offer advice and, if appropriate,  a quote for devising some shift pattern examples.