Penalty rates

Jan 13, 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

Yes

81%

91%

69%

91%

83%

80%

84%

81%

No

13%

7%

23%

7%

11%

14%

10%

12%

Don’t know

6%

2%

8%

2%

6%

6%

5%

7%

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 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 (91%) and Greens voters (91%) are somewhat more likely to support this than Liberal/National voters (69%).