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  Reply # 1497747 23-Feb-2016 12:17
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When on call, I continue to play golf, mountain bike ride in areas with no cell coverage, go to movies or nights out with the boys.


Its good that you are able to enjoy your life while being on call but what are the consequences if you are unable to attend a call? Has that ever happened ?




Good question, it has never happened and I guess its the risk I take.  They cant have their piece of cake and eat it too.  Fortunately we don't get frequent call outs that warrant traveling back into work (most calls can be handled across the phone/remote access or put off until next business day).  Worst case scenario they would start ringing around others to see if they were available. 


Also, depending  upon which line manager we ask ref this on call response time thing, we always get a different interpretation of what is required. (which is frustrating)


From my point of view, if employers require their staff to be on call, the there should be some remuneration for it.

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  Reply # 1498597 24-Feb-2016 15:36
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My old job as a network engineer at a small, but well known and very old ISP - we didn't get paid for being on-call (which was all the time, no roster). The theory was that if we did our job right, nothing would break and we wouldn't get called out. I'm sure you all agree how much of a retarded theory that is.. several times something happened and didn't get fixed for a long time because people were drunk or just couldn't be bothered answering the phone.


Current job I'm on-call 1 week out of every 2 - get paid $350 per week for being on-call, time-in-lieu for call outs and I can claim mileage. Our response time is quite generous so I can travel quite far from work and still be ok.











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