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Mutual Gains Success and Failure: Two Case Studies of Annual Hours in Ireland

and paper industry in Scandinavia in the 1970s. Their introduction to Ireland dates to the early 1990s. AH operates by averaging hours worked across the year rather than the week or month. A yearly salary is paid on a regular basis, but hours worked can vary, as required, according to the season or demand. The system is designed so that employees work only when they are needed, thereby reducing idle time. Whereas in standard hourly work arrangements, peaks in demand are covered through overtime or employing temporary workers, AH allows for organisations to match

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