Unilever-Designing efficient new shift patterns for this food manufacture

A Unilever site were over-reliant on overtime which resulted in long-hours working and high sickness levels. 

Working Time Solutions designed shift patterns that met seasonal peaks in demand and stated the hours to be worked over a year instead of each week, building in ‘reserve hours’ to meet unexpected peaks in demand.

Through implementing demand-led rostering, manufacturing efficiency increased by 30%, production waste was reduced by 50% and employee absence levels were halved.

Read our full case study to learn more about the challenges the manufacturing site faced and how we used our workforce planning software to implement a highly effective demand-led rostering system.


The arrival of a new managing director brought about significant changes to the working shift patterns at a Unilever site that produces a household brand. 

Working with the experts at Working Time Solutions, the Unilever site improved the manufacturing efficiency from 55% to 85%...

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