24/7 economy emerges, but will it happen here?

A 24/7 economy is starting to emerge in Brisbane, but will it ever spread to the regions?

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland advocacy and workplace relations director Nick Behrens says the growing all-night industry in the state capital is a reflection of the death of Monday-to-Friday, nine-to-five trading hours.

"Quite simply many businesses are taking advantage of the demand from customers to purchase their goods and services at various times of the day," he told Brisbane Times.

"But more specifically there are a number of businesses that operate on shift.

"Whether it's a public hospital through to various manufacturers, their workforces are structured over a 24-hour period."

In other states, supermarkets have been opening around the clock for years, even in regional areas.

Woolworths opened its first 24-hour supermarket in Queensland at Brisbane Airport's Skygate in July 2013.

State manager Michael Batycki said at the time there was a demand for 24-hour shopping, particularly in an area where there was a lot of shift workers.

He said the new hours also benefited staff.

"Our increased opening hours mean more employment opportunities, while current staff have the flexibility to alter or extend their shifts to suit their lifestyle," he said.

Given the amount of shift workers in Gladstone, would you like to see extended trading hours? At which businesses? Have your say in our comments section.



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