Sunday: a day of rest?

in Economy on November 14, 2015

Sunday trading has always been contentious.

Since the Sunday Trading Act 1994, shops bigger than 280m2 (3,000ft2) – typically the size of a convenience store or independent shop – have been limited to 6 hours of trading on a Sunday (between 10am – 6pm).

Over here at Rotaready, we don’t run any shops (!) but many of our clients do. Before looking at what we can do to help, let’s take a look at the main arguments for and against relaxing the rules.

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Rights, regulation and risk

in Economy on October 09, 2015

The Working Time Directive (WTD) is an EU regulation governing workers’ rights. Ok, not the most interesting start to a blog post, but bear with me. This stuff is important.


Last month the European Court of Justice ruled that time spent by workers travelling to and from first and last appointments counts as working time. Long story short, many workers with no fixed office (e.g. care workers or tradesmen) aren’t getting paid for the time it takes them to get to their first appointment, or home from their last appointment, which will now need to change.

This piqued our interest as building the WTD regulations into Rotaready (so the requirements are automatically considered) is a feature we’ve recently developed.

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Gears of a different kind

in Five-to-nine on October 04, 2015

We always like a challenge here at Rotaready HQ, whether it’s further developing our awesome workforce management software, or having a go at something completely different. On Sept 12th I competed in Scotland Coast to Coast.

I’m a big fan of the great outdoors, and I’d been preparing for the event since March. I’m delighted to report I survived to tell the tale. Fancy joining in next year? Read on to discover what it was like…

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What next for zero hours contracts?

in Economy on August 27, 2015

If you’re familiar with zero hours contracts, you’ll be well aware of the on-going controversy. The debate hit a crescendo in the run up to the general election, with all parties putting forward proposals for curbing the widespread exploitation of workers.

Over here at Rotaready HQ, we’re keeping a close eye on what happens next, as any changes to the legislation will mean rotas will become tougher for businesses to build and manage. And helping businesses build and manage rotas is what we do best.

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Shift Swaps, now live!

in Announcements on August 24, 2015

I’m proud to announce the release of the most demanded feature we’ve ever had on the Rotaready development list: shift swaps! Now available to everyone.

We spent time with some of our customers to understand how shift swaps work in practice before diving head-first into mock-ups, sketches, doodles and code. This article takes a look at the things we learned and how we went about integrating swaps with Rotaready.

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3, 2, 1… Lift off!

in Announcements on August 13, 2015

Welcome to Shift Up A Gear!

(We hope you’re enjoying the wordplay as much as we are…)

We’ll be posting here regularly with the latest news from Rotaready Towers. From feature announcements, to opinion on current affairs, to code snippets, we’ll be commenting, boasting and ranting about it all.

You’ll also find featured articles on Rotaready success stories, how we leverage the latest technology to solve some of the biggest workforce management problems, and a behind-the-scenes look at what makes our automated rota building algorithm so damn clever.

Until next time…