Lists of example shift patterns

Discontinuous systems are those which do not cover 24 hours a day but could be up to 7 days a week. There are an enormous number of options for discontinuous shift patterns. Some of the factors to take account of are:

  • Number of teams or individuals
  • Days of the week covered
  • Operating hours during the day
  • Contracted hours per week
  • Shifts and shift lengths
  • Number of staff required per shift per day
  • Absence cover


We sell lists of some of the more common  shift patterns (rosters, rotas). Please contact us for prices. They are available in the following formats:

  • Microsoft Excel spreadsheet
  • Microsoft Word document
  • RotaBase - a database of shift patterns or rotas that can be opened by our two software products, RotaBase and RotaView

Standard systems

  • There are a number of standard systems with well established shift patterns:
  • Staggered days
  • Day and twilight
  • Two-shift overlapping
  • Double-day shift
  • Day and nights

Out-of-hours shift patterns

Out-of-hours operations usually cover  the full week except for the standard Monday to Friday day shifts. So, a shift pattern would typically include Monday to Friday night shifts and weekend day and night shifts.