One of the facets of my last job that I DO NOT miss was being on-call. Basically on one week out of six I had to live with my phone waiting for someone to call with a network or server problem. The calls almost always came near midnight or near 4am my time. It really stank. What was worse was that I was salaried so did not get paid any overtime for these late nights on the phone. At least twice a year I would spend an entire weekend on the phone. Literally.
One of the joys of leaving that job and starting my new job was not being on-call. I actually have learned to forget my phone sometimes. I went to church last week without my phone and didn’t panic once! That all being said, our CIO announced this week that we would now have to be on-call. (Booooo!) But that we would be compensated for being on-call. (Yaaaayyyy!)
Apparently if a county employee is on call, during the time that they are on-call they get paid 20% of their base hourly rate in addition to their normal pay. If we actually have to call in and work on something then we get to charge 3 hours of overtime. Awesome! This is effectively a 6% raise in my pay. Yeah, I’ll take it.