EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has published the latest in a series of industry benchmarking reports, this time looking at shift work and the typical premium paid to shift workers.
The report identifies that the median premium paid to employees on permanent night shifts is 33%, while outside of day shifts the next most popular shift is double days – which 43% of companies operate.
The report provides useful insight that will allow companies to benchmark themselves against others in the sector in terms of the premium paid for each shift type and how other elements such as hours, patterns of work and rest breaks measure up.
EEF is also offering a free guide to common shift patterns which provides the rationale for each shift pattern and identifies some of the pros and cons to help business leaders decide what is right for their company.
Amanda Norris, Survey Manager at EEF, says: “Shift work is common in a sector where companies often operate 24/7 in order to boost production capacity or make the best use of expensive capital equipment. The benefits for manufacturers of reduced production costs, less need for expensive overtime and increased flexibility are clear.
“This is why it’s important that manufacturers are able to benchmark themselves against other companies in terms of shift patterns and what incentives employees receive for taking on these working arrangements.”
The shift benchmark report complements EEF’s three existing pay benchmark reports.