Working Time Analysts grew out of experience gained during a number of Oxford based research projects.
For instance, a major Anglo-German study conducted in the mid-1970’s investigating the adjustments that would be required following a reduction in the length of the effective working year. That is, the combined impact of a reduction in the length of the normal basic week from, say, 40hrs to 35hrs; and an increase in annual holiday entitlements from three, to five or more, weeks.
This research showed that a substantial reduction in the effective working year would have a significant impact on all types of shift system; continuous shift systems in particular. In view of this, attention was focused on the various ways in which shift systems could be adapted to ensure that production levels were maintained. Subsequent research projects extended the field of study to all patterns of working time, and the associated terms and conditions of employment.
In a similar fashion, Job Evaluation and Equal Pay issues grew out of various research projects on the impact of incomes policy during the 1970’s. Also, work undertaken for the Equal Opportunities Commission on the validity of Job Evaluation Schemes as a defence to Equal Value Pay Claims, the drafting of reports on the vulnerability to such Claims to the taint of Sex Discrimination and the provision of advice at Tribunal Cases. Both as an Independent and as a Partisan Expert.