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.


Rail fares should better serve needs of part-time workers

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG), a consortium of Britain’s railway companies, has admitted that fares have failed to keep pace...

Part-time work in senior roles on the rise, according to Timewise

26 Feb 2018

A quarter of workers would rather work part time, for less money, if they knew it would have no impact...

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Part-time working hits women’s long-term pay growth

4 Feb 2018

Mothers who work part time suffer a long-term pay penalty that widens the gender pay gap.
According to research by...

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Employers encouraged to do more to support older workers

25 Jan 2018

With a record number of people aged 50 or older in employment, the Government and employers should ensure that working...

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More men working part time than 20 years ago

16 Jan 2018

There were more men in part-time roles in 2017 than there were two decades ago, resulting in a “hollowing out”...

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Jobs market lags behind demand for flexible working

19 Sep 2017

Employees’ desire for flexible working far exceeds companies’ capacity to offer it, a report published today has found.
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Seasonal workers: key contractual issues for employers

29 Aug 2017

In sectors such as hospitality, tourism, retail and agriculture, seasonal peaks can bring an influx of work at certain times...

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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

18 May 2017

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Dads face negative bias in quest for work-life balance

22 Feb 2017

Fathers face a negative bias when seeking a better work-life balance or applying for part-time employment, a new study suggests....

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Government failing to act on gender pay gap recommendations

21 Feb 2017

The Government will fail to achieve its goal of eliminating the gender pay gap within a generation unless it tackles...

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Employers more willing to consider job shares at senior level

30 Jan 2017

More than two-fifths of employers would now be willing to consider a job share for a senior role, research by...

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Why integrated talent management is the future of HR

11 Nov 2016

By embracing an integrated talent model, HR can truly justify its seat in the boardroom, argues Michel Stokvis from Randstad...

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Employing students: six tips for the new term

26 Sep 2016

In university towns and cities around the country, students are settling in for the start of the academic year. As...

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Top 10 HR questions May 2016: Pro rata bank holidays

1 Jun 2016

With two bank holidays falling on Mondays in May, it is perhaps unsurprising that a question on pro rata bank holiday entitlement was the most popular on XpertHR in May.

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Zero hours contracts guidance for employers published

19 Oct 2015

The Government has published guidance for employers on the use of zero hours contracts detailing their appropriate – and inappropriate...

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