Understanding Multiple Rate Shifts: A Comprehensive Guide

Posted on 2 Mar 2024

At AER Temp, we recognize the significance of multi rate shifts in today's workforce. Multiple rates across a shift is a crucial component of compensation for employees working outside of standard business hours. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the intricacies of multi rate shifts, explaining how it works, its benefits, and considerations for both employers and employees.

What is multi rate shifts?

Multi rate shifts, also known as shift premiums, is an additional monetary compensation provided to temps for working shifts outside of the regular business hours, typically during evenings, nights, weekends, or holidays. It serves as an incentive to attract and retain temps for roles that require non-traditional work hours. These rates are often seen in government framework agreements in industries such as healthcare where unions negotiate pay rates for the entire workforce.

How multi rate shifts works

The hourly rate is determined based on various factors, including the time of day, day of the week, and specific job requirements. Clients establish these rates, which are usually a percentage or fixed amount added to the temp’s base pay for each hour worked during qualifying shifts.

Factors Influencing Shift Differential Rates

Several factors influence the determination of shift differential rates, including:

  • Time of Day: Shifts worked during evenings, nights, or early mornings typically command higher premiums.
  • Day of the Week: Weekends and holidays often warrant higher differentials compared to weekdays.
  • Job Role: Certain roles may require employees to work undesirable hours, such as healthcare professionals, emergency responders, and manufacturing workers.


Adding a mutli rate shift on the AER Temp platform

Benefits of multi rate shifts

Multiple shift rates offers several benefits for both agencies, their clients and temps, including:

  • Attracting Talent: Offering competitive shift differentials can attract skilled workers willing to work non-traditional hours.
  • Temp Retention: Employees are more likely to remain with a company that recognizes their efforts with additional compensation for working less desirable shifts.
  • Productivity and Efficiency: Adequately compensating employees for working irregular hours can enhance productivity and efficiency during those times.
  • Fair Compensation: Recognizing the value of employees' time and effort by providing shift differentials contributes to a fair and equitable compensation structure.


Candidate view of a multi-rate shift


Considerations for Employers and Employees

Agencies and employees alike should consider various factors related to multi rate shifts:

  • Legal Compliance: Ensure compliance with legislation regarding minimum wage requirements and overtime regulations.
  • Clear Policies: Establish clear and transparent policies outlining eligibility criteria, calculation methods, and payment procedures for shift differentials.
  • Communication: Effective communication between employers and employees is essential to address any concerns or issues related to shift differentials promptly.
  • Fairness: Maintain fairness and consistency in applying shift differential policies across all temps to prevent morale issues and potential legal challenges.



Multiple shift rates play a vital role in compensating temps for their dedication and flexibility in working non-traditional hours. By understanding how Multiple shift rates and their benefits, agencies can attract, engage and retain top talent, while temps can feel valued and fairly compensated for their contributions. At AER Temp, we have built this feature to enable agencies to adhere to framework payment rates while advertising their shifts to their temps in a clear and concise manner - driving engagement and retention across their workforce.

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