BBC Scotland’s ‘less common’ short notice shift rotas in Scotland means 37% less common

After telling us that:

A report is calling for mandatory notice periods for shift workers to avoid rotas being changed at the last minute. The study of 2 000 adults by the Living Wage Foundation, suggests that more than 60% of people whose job involves variable hours or shifts, have been given less than a week’s notice of their schedules. While it argues that short notice periods are a problem right across Britain, the practice is less common in Scotland.

According to the study, Short notice periods are particularly common in London, 48% of all workers received less than a week’s notice of work schedules. In Scotland it was 35%.

Is this reflective of a wider pattern of difference in Scotland? Would BBC Scotland want to draw attention to evidence of one if there was?

Probably not but here it is anyway:

Many more Scottish care workers paid Real Living Wage than in ‘UK’

Fair pay for social care workers in Scotland but no room at the website

With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

80 000 lowest paid workers in NHS England still on poverty wages as NHS Scotland follows Scottish Government policy to pay a living wage to all public-sector employees

Scottish care workers to receive Living Wage for ‘sleepover’ hours while English care workers receive only the National Minimum Wage.

Are Scotland’s employers also different – more willing to pay a decent wage?

There’s more.

3 thoughts on “BBC Scotland’s ‘less common’ short notice shift rotas in Scotland means 37% less common

  1. Some contract jobs are really well paid. Some low paid contract jobs are the only way some people can work because of other commitments. Bank relief staff. People who could not work committed hours because of other commitments.. Study or family, carers.

    They can get people into work until they can get experience and a better position or skills. Even volunteer work can lead to permanent employment. . Low pay often end up in high turnover for employers. Losing staff frequently. Not a good business plan. A higher turnover. There are fewer of these vacancies compared to other jobs. Legislation can throw out the baby with the bath water. Cut other jobs. It is difficult to frame it.


  2. Women often need relatively set hours because of access to childcare. Revolving hours do not suit. 6am to 2pm. 2am till 10pm 10pm to 2am. Or part time rotating hours.

    Many public employers SNHS, one of the largest, manage rotating shifts. Nurses/doctors. etc. Not conducive to many people’s lives. Many part time Drs. Lawyers etc. Offshore positions etc can be difficult. Exclude females employees. Traditional employers do not make changes to compensate.Required under the equal opportunity and employment Acts.

    ‘It is not that women do not love their children. It is the structure of their lives they would wish to change’. Quote.

    A study found the higher paid skilled women % worked. They could afford good childcare. Less skilled women did not work because of childcare costs. Ten to twelve years of necessary childcare can be beneficial but can lower the promotion ladder etc. The pressure on women can increase to multitasking.

    The last words of the majority on death are reported to be. ‘They wished they had not worked so much’. A life work balance not achieved by many people. Life expectancy average 79 years and going down in the south. Japan the highest. Average 85 years.

    On average women live 5 years longer worldwide. Increased pensions would help. Elderly women receive less. They lost out on pension rights because they worked P/T. Or people were caring.looking after others. Co habiting women , the majority, do not have equal rights.

    Women are still 20% under represented. Under representatives 50% of the pop. 30% representative. .


  3. Some care workers, work in Scotland but are employed by an English based charity. Their work conditions are outwith Scottish governments’ control, but the living wage applies, as far as I know.
    Some others, for example those who work for private care organisations, most often not HQ’d in Scotland, are still I think paid the living wage in Scotland.
    I could be wrong on that however.


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