Employment in Hampshire County Council 2007

11.Weekend Working, Night Working and Shift Working

Introduction

11.1 The County Council and Trade Unions are committed to minimising the need for weekend working, night working and shift working but recognise that these are essential to maintain effective services in some areas. Shift patterns will be arranged in consultation with employees affected taking account of the Working Time Regulations 1998.

11.2 The arrangements are designed to simplify existing arrangements and to support the underlying philosophy of the Single Status Agreement.

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General Principles/Payment

11.3 Weekend, Night and Shift working payments will only be paid to staff up to and including Grade E. These payments may also be paid to staff graded above Grade E in the following circumstances:

  • Where it is a critical business requirement that an essential service is delivered out of office hours (for example, maintenance of IT systems, responding to weather or other civil emergencies) or in addition to the normal work pattern for care services where 24 hour attendance is required such as residential care;
  • Where staff are required to participate in a regular and frequent standby rota and are called out whilst on standby.

11.4 The arrangements described below reflect the only arrangements for which the payments specified will be made. Any previous practice or payments will be replaced by these arrangements.

11.5 Where staff are entitled to receive an enhanced rate of pay, only ONE entitlement will be paid, namely shift allowance or weekend enhancement or night working, for the same hours worked.

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Definitions

11.6 Nights are defined as those hours worked between 22.00 to 07.00 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

11.7 Weekend working can take place on a Saturday which is taken as 00.00 – 24.00 (Saturday), or Sunday which is taken as 00.00 to 24.00 (Sunday).

11.8 Rotating shifts are defined as any work pattern where the total period covered by the shifts is 24 hours:

e.g. Three shifts on a rota basis covering 24 hours including a night shift over 5 or 6 days a week, such as Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Sunday

or

Three shifts on a rotating basis covering 24 hours including a night shift over 7 days a week, such as Sunday to Sunday Earlies 06.00 – 14.00; Lates 14.00 - 22.00; Nights 22.00 to 06.00.

11.9 Alternating shifts are defined as any work pattern where the total period covered by the shifts is 11 hours or more, in any 24 hour period, and there are at least 4 hours between the start time of the earliest and latest shift. This is a two shift rota where the span of the shift pattern can be between 11 and 14 hours or more than 14 hours but less than 18 hours.


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Rates of pay for night or weekend working where employees are not receiving rotating or alternating shift allowance.

From 25 July 2011, new rates for weekend working and overtime apply. This follows an exercise to vary individual contracts of employment for those staff who might reasonably be expected to work hours covered by the changes. The new rates do not form part of a collective agreement with the Trades Unions.

The rates which previously applied for weekend working under the EHCC 2007 collective agreement do not apply from 25 July 2011.

For those staff who may be asked or required to weekends but have not been asked to vary their contract, the manager and the employee will need to discuss the arrangements on the basis of the new rates.

The rates for weekend working and night working from 25 July 2011 are set out in the table below:

Table One - Night or weekend working

Type

Days

Time

Rate of Payment

Contracted and additional hours (up to & incl. 37 hours per week)

Rate of Payment

Overtime (over 37 hours per week)

Days

Mon - Fri

07.00 - 22.00

Time

Time

Nights

Mon into Tues

Tues into Wed

Wed into Thurs

Thurs into Fri

22.00 – 07.00

Time and a Third

Time and a Half

Nights

Friday

22.00 – 24.00

Time and a Third

Time and a Half

Weekend

Saturday

00.00 -07:00

Time and a Third

Time and a Half

Weekend

Saturday

07:00-22:00

Time

Time and a Half

Weekend

Saturday

22:00 - 24:00

Time and a Third

Time and a Half

Weekend

Sunday

00:00 - 24:00

Time and a Half

Time and a Half

Nights

Monday

00:00 - 07:00

Time and a Third

Time and a Half

Public Holidays

Public holiday defined as 00.00 - 24.00

There are 8 Public Holidays :

  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Early May Bank Holiday
  • Late May Bank Holiday
  • August Bank Holiday
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Years Day

Where a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday then the Council will normally designate the next one or the following day as the designated “public holiday".

Double time plus an entitlement to time off in lieu at a later date.

Double time plus an entitlement to time off in lieu at a later date.

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Rates of pay for employees on a rotating or alternating shift where the shift is a regular and permanent feature of their working arrangements.

The enhancement outlined in the table below will be paid on all hours worked. No additional payments can be claimed as outlined in Table One as the shift allowance is deemed to cover the “unsocial” nature of the work. Shift payments will be paid during holidays, paid maternity leave (pro rata to the shift working worked and paid during the qualifying period) and when in receipt of pay during sickness absence in accordance with the normal entitlement.

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Table Two - Shift payments

Rotating Shift (a)

Three shifts on a rotating basis covering 24 hours including night shifts over 5 or 6 days a week

e.g. Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Sunday

17%

Rotating Shift (b)

Three shifts on a rotating basis covering 24 hours including night shifts over 7 days a week –

e.g. Sunday to Sunday

Earlies 06.00 – 14.00

Lates 14.00 - 22.00

Nights 22.00 to 06.00

20%

Alternating Shift (a)

Where the total period covered by the two shifts is between 11 and 14 hours in a 24 hour period starting at least 4 hours apart

12.5%

Alternating Shift (b)

Where the total period covered by the two shifts is more than 14 hours in a 24 hour period starting at least 4 hours apart

14%

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