Canadian Overnight Workers: Who Are They and Do They Prefer It?
While the world is sleeping, some businesses continue to run, powered by workers who often choose the overnight shift, as many say it allows them flexibility to take care of their children or further their education.
According to a survey of businesses conducted by Express, 20 per cent have a second shift (3 p.m – 11 p.m.) and 13 per cent have a third shift (11 p.m. – 7 a.m). Two-thirds only have a first shift (8 a.m – 5 p.m.).
The Express survey also revealed the most common jobs offering a second shift or third shift include general labour, production and cleaning crews. Other jobs include office personnel, front desk staff, truck drivers, nurses and call center staff.
“Finding the right shift is important for our associates and allows them to have flexibility with childcare or continued education programs” said Dwayne Williams, franchise owner of the Guelph Express office.
With ever-increasing consumer demands, some Express franchise owners say they see more companies requiring round-the-clock coverage at their facilities, making the pool of applicants willing to accept non-traditional shifts more valuable.
Working 9-to-5 may be considered the classic type of job, but for many people, working 9-to-5 just doesn’t work, according to Bob Funk, CEO of Express.
“Whatever the reason that leads people to seek out late hours, they may be pleasantly surprised to find they can earn more at night than when the sun is out,” he said.
The survey of 462 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, was conducted in December 2017.