Multipliers explained

Posted on July 24, 2015

Multipliers and penalty rates is an important issue. In the Together SMO survey the majority of members wanted to return to the MOCA3 rates for overtime, on call and recall but Queensland Health have now provided data on the "winners and losers" in these arrangements and the majority of SMOs are actually better off overall under the new multipliers.  

In MOCA3 penalty rates and overtime were paid as a loading on a "loaded base" including base rate, Option A, ED25%, CMA/MMA, etc.

Under the contracts these were paid as a loading on the base rate only. The loading was increased to compensate for these allowances no longer being included in the calculations. 

For the majority of SMOs who had the standard "Option A" and no CMA/MMA etc the new loading was better than the MOCA3 one and if we went back to the old rates the majority of SMOs would be disadvantaged. A smaller number of SMOs with the largest allowances (such as additional Option a loading for being in a rural or remote area and CMA/MMA) are not quite as well off under the contracts rates which are proposed to continue. 

For extended hours on a Saturday the rate in MOCA3 was time and a half, or a 50% loading including on Option A and other allowances. Under the contract it was paid as an 87% loading on base rate only. For Public Holidays the contract reduced 2 rates down to one and "averaged" the two. This has disadvantaged doctors, but QH have agreed to raise this rate to 116% which is the MOCA3 average.

For overtime, MOCA3 provided for time and a half or the first 3 hours and then double time after that as well as rates OT on Saturday and Sunday. These rates have been averaged. The majority of SMOs are again better off under the new arrangements, however those people who work more long overtime shifts maybe slightly disadvantaged by the contract rates which are proposed to continue.

Overall, with this change the majority of doctors are better off under the arrangements proposed by Queensland Health. The other major advantage is that there have been a significant reduction payroll complexity which should mean less errors for doctors pay. You also will not need to go through another messy change to these rates. 

 

 

Ordinary hours outside of the spread of hours (Extended Hours)

 

Period of work

MOCA3

(paid on option A and CMA MMA )

MOCA3 rates (as a percentage of base only)

Contracts

(percentage of base)

MOCA4

(percentage of base)

Hours worked between 6pm and 7am Monday to Friday

25%

42%

44%

44%

Saturday

50%

84%

87%

87%

Sunday

100%

168%

170%

170%

Public Holidays (general)

50%

116%

100%

116%

Public Holidays (special)

150%

 

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