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Whitemoor Prison: Working Hours

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of staff working shifts was in each of the last three years at HMP Whitemoor. (227779)

Unified grades are contracted to work a 39 hour week, over a period of five days. The average length of a contracted shift is therefore seven hours and 48 minutes.

Staff at Whitemoor also have the option to work “Payment Plus” and many have taken the option to do so.

Payment Plus is a system of working additional hours over and above conditioned hours and attracts an enhanced rate of pay.

To calculate the effect of Payment Plus hours on the average shift length would involve considerable disproportionate cost.