Penalty rates

Jul 28, 2015

Q. Do you think people who are required to work outside of normal hours – like night shifts, weekends or public holidays – should receive a higher hourly rate of pay?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Work full time Work part time   May 2013 Jan 2015
Yes 81% 90% 73% 81% 82% 76% 85% 81% 81%
No 13% 8% 20% 9% 11% 15% 9% 12% 13%
Don’t know 7% 3% 7% 10% 7% 8% 6% 7% 6%

81% think that people who are required to work outside of normal hours should receive a higher hourly rate of pay and 13% think they should not. There has been no change of opinion on this issue since this question was first asked in May 2013.

A large majority of all demographic and voter groups agree that worker should receive higher rates for working outside normal hours – although Labor voters (90%) and Greens voters (81%) are somewhat more likely to support this than Liberal/National voters (73%). 85% of part-time workers agree compared to 76% of full-time workers.

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