8 Plus 12 Shift Pattern | 24/7 Shift Coverage

This is a fast rotation shift pattern that uses 4 teams and a combination of three 8-hr shifts on weekdays and two 12-hr shifts on weekends to provide 24/7 coverage. Each team rotates through the following shift sequence over a 4 week period:

  • Week 1: Five 8-hr day shifts, two 12-hr day shifts
  • Week 2: Three days off, two 8-hr night shifts, two 12-hr night shifts
  • Week 3: Three 8-hr night shifts, 4 days off
  • Week 4: Five 8-hr swing shifts, two days off

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8 Plus 12 Shift Pattern


Plan IDC4TR0812-1
Name8 Plus 12 Plan
Applicability24/7 operations
Teams Required4
ShiftsWeekdays: Day (8-hr), Swing (8-hr), Night (8-hr)

Weekends: Day (12-hr), Night (12-hr)

Repeat Cycle28 days
RotationFast, forward rotation from day shift to swing shift to night shift
Average Hours per Week42
Staffing FluctuationBalanced from shift to shift and day to day
  • 2 weekends off every month
  • 4 days off after consecutive night shifts
  • 8-hr shifts
  • 7 consecutive work days
  • Requires an average of 2 overtime hours per employee per week
Common UsagePopular with 24/7 security service firms, military units and operations that require 12-hr weekend shifts