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 can provide you with examples of shift patterns used in discontinuous operations

Standard systems

There are a number of standard systems with well established shift patterns:

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.  Let us know if you need any help in constructing an out-of-hours shift pattern

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