Extended 12 Hour Shift Pattern | 24/7 Shift Coverage

This plan uses 3 teams and two 12-hr shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. Each team works 7 consecutive day shifts, 7 consecutive night shifts, then takes 7 days off.

Extended 12 hour Shift Pattern

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Plan IDC3TR12-3
NameExtended 12 Plan
Applicability24/7 operations
Teams Required3
ShiftsDay (12-hr), Night (12-hr)
Repeat Cycle21 days
RotationRotating between day and night shifts every week
Average Hours per Week56
Staffing FluctuationBalanced from shift to shift and day to day
  • Requires only 3 teams to cover 24/7 operations
  • 7 consecutive days off every 3 weeks
  • 14 consecutive work days on long shifts (12 hours)
  • 7 consecutive night shifts
  • Requires an average of 16 overtime hours per employee per week
Common Usage24/7 operations requiring 3 teams and 12-hr shifts
NotesPopular with fly-in, fly-out operations where the cost of transporting employees to a work site is high. Employees are normally flown in to work 14 straight days then flown out for 7 days. Usage examples are mining and oil rig operations.