Course outline

A common problem is to find a suitable and acceptable shift pattern for continuous working with one team rostered at all times, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This course will take you through the many options available with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

  • Traditional approach (weekly hours rostered; holiday taken from gross weekly hours; additional hours worked paid as overtime; staffing levels usually including an allowance for absence)
  • Annualised Hours approach (hours are calculated on an annual basis; holiday is often rostered or partially rostered; overtime is usually eliminated or substantially reduced; owed hours; shutdowns)
  • Traditional versus Annualised Hours
  • A typical Annualised Hours calculation
  • 8 versus 12 hour shifts
  • Holiday and sickness cover
  • 4 team systems
  • 5 team systems
  • Systems other than 4 and 5 teams, such as 4.5 and 6 teams, and when they can be used to good effect
  • Reduced working week and the impact on 24/7 systems

Shift patterns

Examples of commonly used shift patterns are included in the course material. However, more comprehensive lists of shift patterns are available at a 20% discount for delegates as long as they are ordered within a week of attending the course. Lists are available in PDF format  See our Shift Pattern page for details.

Aimed at

Anyone who is considering, or in the process of, changing or introducing a 24/7 system. The course will give them a thorough overview of all the different shift options available with examples of commonly used shift patterns with their pros and cons.

Alternative course dates

More training courses are planned but, as yet, no dates have been fixed. Please contact us if the date of this course is not convenient but you are interested in attending another time or, alternatively, would be interested in an in-house workshop.