5/4/9 Compressed Work Shift Pattern

This shift schedule supports the standard 5/4/9 compressed work schedule. Each full-time employee works eight 9-hr days and one 8-hr day for a total of 80 hours in a biweekly pay period. Two teams are required to provide coverage from Monday through Friday.

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Compressed work schedule


Plan IDN2TF0809-1
Name5/4/9 Plan
ApplicabilityCompressed work schedule
Teams Required2
ShiftsDay (9-hr), Day (8-hr)
Repeat Cycle28 days
RotationFixed plan, no rotation
Average Hours per Week40
Staffing FluctuationFull (100%) staffing level Tuesday to Thursday. 50% staffing level on Mondays. 94% staffing level on Fridays.
  • 40 hours per week
  • 3-day weekend every two weeks
  • 9-hr shift
  • Both teams work from Tuesday to Friday but only one team works on Monday
  • One team works only 8 hours instead of 9 hours on Friday
Common UsageCompanies and government agencies offering employees the compressed work schedule as an alternative to the basic 9 to 5 schedule.