24x7 on-call rates

Paul Makepeace paulm at paulm.com
Tue Sep 30 18:36:20 BST 2008

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 6:01 PM, Peter Haworth
<pmh at edison.ioppublishing.com> wrote:
> I know this subject has been discussed on the list before, but I can't
> seem to figure out the right search terms to find it in the archives,
> so I'm going to have to ask again:
> My employers are trying to come up with a clear remuneration scheme
> for the 24x7 team, after it was accidentally shrouded in mystery for a
> number of years, and the team members are looking for comparable
> schemes at other companies to make sure that what we're offered is
> fair. So, what are people who provide 24 hour on-call support being
> paid for it, or what do you think is fair?

(Presumably you don't mean 24h at a stretch by a single person as
that'd be violating the EU working time directive, AIUI.)

Offer them +20% for doing a night shift and see how that goes down.
(Wait, 'goes down' maybe not the ideal phrase...)


> --
>        Peter Haworth   pmh at edison.ioppublishing.com
> "...the word HACK is used as a verb
>  to indicate a massive amount of nerd-like effort."
>                -- Harley Hahn, A Student's Guide to UNIX

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