Deputy Shift Work Index reveals a nation of part timers

- September 26, 2019 2 MIN READ

Workforce management software solution, Deputy, has today released its inaugural quarterly index into the current state of shift work in Australia. The report found the Aussie shift worker is working on average 92.8 hours each month, well below the fulltime equivalent of 164 hours.

The Deputy Shiftwork Index, analysed 159 million shift hours worked by 1.5 million Aussie shift workers using the Deputy platform. The index provides a glimpse into the world of the hourly paid workforce, to uncover industry and national workforce trends.

Ashik Ahmed, CEO and co-founder of Deputy, said the nature of work in Australia is changing as demand for part-time employees and shift workers increases.

“Many of these jobs are in the retail, hospitality and healthcare sectors, which rely heavily on the hourly-paid workforce. The Deputy Shiftwork Index is designed to provide valuable insights for businesses in these sectors to help them better understand and manage this crucial and growing workforce.

“Our inaugural index reveals that Australian shift workers, across all age groups, are working more hours than they have been rostered — potentially signalling the conservative outlook of Australian businesses amid a weakened economy. We’re also seeing that shift workers are working well below the fulltime equivalent of 164 hours per month. This may be the result of lifestyle choices but it could also point to a trend of underemployment among the hourly paid workforce.”

The findings are released as new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show a trend of decreasing full-time employment and increasing part-time employment while underemployment rate has remained high at 5.3 per cent.

Shift workers currently represent two-thirds of the working population globally and are employed across a broad range of industries in Australia from hospitality and retail to tech and healthcare.

Other key findings in the Deputy Shiftwork Index include:

  • Generation X — those born between 1965 and 1980 — are rostered for and are working the most hours, with an average of 111.2 hours per month, while Generation Z are working and being rostered for the least number of hours, with an average of 66 hours per month.
  • The average age of the female shift worker in Australia is 28, while the average age of male shift workers is 29
  • The average length of shifts for Australian shift workers is 6.6 hours
  • The most common shift start time is 10pm and the most common clock-off time is 7am
  • March is traditionally the quietest month in the year for shift workers in Australia, while May is the busiest.
  • The busiest day of work for Aussie shift workers in the last 12 months was 12 June



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