One in five hourly paid workers don’t get to work on time

Deputy has recently released its latest Late to Work report highlighting the tardiness of Australia’s hourly paid workforce.

An analysis of over 540,000 shifts from Australian businesses using Deputy to manage scheduling, timesheets, and payroll has uncovered that over one in 10 Australians (12 per cent) are late to work by an average of 32 minutes.

Key findings from the report include:

  • On average, 20 per cent of employees were not on time to work, arriving either early or late for their shift.
  • Those who were late arrived on average 32 minutes after their shift was due to start, a total of 12 per cent of employees were late to work.
  • Men are less punctual than women. Men were on average 33 minutes late to work, compared to 30 minutes late for women.
  • On the flipside, eight per cent of employees arrived early, arriving for their shift an average of 31 minutes earlier than they needed to.
  • Young Australians are the most punctual, with just eight per cent of those aged 16-25 running late.
  • Employees aged 56-65 were late nearly twice as much as their younger counterparts, with 14 per cent arriving late at an average of 28 minutes late.

Ashik Ahmed, CEO and co-founder of Deputy said, “When trying to run a business keeping track of scheduled time worked versus actual time worked can be a minefield. Particularly for small-business owners who are likely to also play a hands on role in day-to-day operations. At Deputy we’re witnessing late employees arriving on average half an hour late, this could have serious repercussions for both the business and the employee left to cover for colleagues.

“Given that over half (51 per cent) of Deputy customers are in the hospitality sector, one employee arriving half an hour late to work holds the potential to hugely impact a business, especially during busy service hours. Another dangerous fallout is the risk of inaccurate payroll for those picking up over time, or businesses being out of pocket by paying for scheduled hours, rather than hours worked,” Ahmed added.

“By working closely with both employers and employees who benefit from hourly paid or shift work to understand late to work patterns, we are able to assess just how big a problem punctuality is for Australian businesses and build the solutions to ensure accurate pay and help them thrive.”

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