Part time working

A part-time worker is a person who works fewer hours than the number of hours that full-time workers in the organisation are contracted to work. It often happens that an employee returning from maternity leave will ask her employer for a move from full-time working to part-time working to fit her working life around caring for her child.

Common part-time working arrangements include: working fewer days per week than full-time workers, for example three days per week; working fewer hours per day than full-time workers, for example four hours per day; and job-sharing, which is where two or more workers share one role.


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Employers should have to ‘opt out’ of offering flexible working, says MP

17 Jul 2019

Flexible working should be offered by default for any job and employers should “opt out” if a job cannot be...

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Social attitudes: One in three say parental leave should be shared

11 Jul 2019

A third of people believe parental leave should be shared equally, according to a major survey, while only 12% think...

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Job insecurity fuelling university staff hardship

4 Jul 2019

Seven in 10 university academics and teaching staff say their mental health has been “damaged” by working on insecure contracts,...

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Met Police to recruit part-time constables for the first time

12 Jun 2019

The Metropolitan Police has announced it will recruit part-time constables for the first time in a bid to attract more...

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Wider NHS pension reform needed to remove overtime deterrent

5 Jun 2019

Plans to offer NHS doctors more flexible pensions will need to be part of wider reforms if the government wants...

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How to attract the candidates who don’t think you need them

29 May 2019

Software company Sage needed to expand its candidate pool for a slew of new roles. Reaching out to groups who...

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More full-time judges needed to handle tribunal delays

14 May 2019

Too few full-time judges are available to handle the backlog of employment tribunal cases, which has resulted in continuing delays...

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NHS consultants ‘better off’ working part-time

25 Apr 2019

Senior doctors in the NHS are better off working part-time under new pension rules, the British Medical Association has warned....

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Apprenticeships should be opened up to single parents

8 Mar 2019

Most single parents are being locked out of apprenticeships because of a lack of part-time opportunities and the difficulty of supporting children with such low pay.

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How Lloyds Banking Group built agile working into recruitment

7 Mar 2019

Offering flexible working may not be enough to attract and retain talent in today’s job market – agile working needs...

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HR professionals feature highly in list of power part-timers

26 Feb 2019

HR professionals make up seven of the entries in this year’s Timewise Power 50 – a list of the UK’s...

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Part-time parents missing out on promotion

4 Feb 2019

Parents who work part time are penalised with just a 21% chance of being promoted within three years.

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Flexible working doesn’t diminish mums’ chronic stress

28 Jan 2019

Biological indications for chronic stress are 40% higher in women bringing up two children while working full-time compared with colleagues...

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Childcare main barrier for unemployed parents

14 Jan 2019

86% want to return to work, but most say they have been unable to find roles that fit around their childcare needs

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