Two main meanings.
- Rostered hours actually paid. Frequently the same as rostered hours, but may differ where meal breaks are unpaid. It is concerned with the number of paid hours worked, not the rate of pay attached to those hours.
- Nominal Paid Hours. Based on the conversion of rostered hours to the nominal hours that they represent at plain time rates. For example, if, say, a Saturday shift is 8hrs, and it attracts a 50% shift premium, then nominal paid hours at plain time rates are, 12hrs. (8hrs + 50% = 12hrs). It is concerned with converting payments per shift / hour worked to a common basis, in order to calculate overall premium payments for a particular pattern of work.