Part-timers seen as less committed to their jobs

One
in four people think part-time workers are less committed to their job, a
survey has found.

The
study by the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union warned that negative
perceptions of part-time work were harming career progression and pay.

In
the Civil Service – a field of work the union represents – it said part-time
workers earned, on average, £3,000 less pro rata than full-time workers.

The
study also showed more firms were offering staff flexible working – with nearly
seven out of 10 employers offering their staff the chance to change shift
patterns to help them balance work and home life.

Mark
Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS, said: "The poll shows that people
are increasingly being given the option to work flexibly through part-time working,
such as term-time only hours."

"Worryingly
though, people who do so are viewed by some of their colleagues as putting in
less effort, and they often lose out on career progression and pay," he
added.

By Mike Berry

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