Sometimes there’s a big change in your life and your work life has to give a little to help you get through. For many of us this means going part-time, but it isn’t always that easy is it? I thought you’d like this quiz about part-time working which gives you information and feedback on your chances of getting a part-time job.
My own personal experience was that when it came to working, it all needed to change following the birth of my son. Fast forward 9 years and here I am working from home, working for myself and loving it. Self-employed work isn’t for everyone though and you certainly miss out on some of the benefits of working for an employer. Working from home is very flexible, but it can be a bit isolating, so again it might not be right for you. There are plenty of options out there though, it’s just a case of knowing how to access them.
An amazing 1 in 4 workers are now part-time and everyone now has the right to ask their employer if they can work part-time. But as a lot of working mums know, whilst part-time work is available, it isn’t without a few issues:
- What do you do if your employer says no to part-time working?
- What happens when you want to move employer? Or maybe go for a promotion? Will you be able to do that and maintain your part-time hours?
- Does working part-time mean settling for less, whether that’s less pay or less of a career? It’s a bit scary when you think that less than 1 in 10 are advertised on a part-time basis (this figure is for quality jobs with salaries at £20k+ pro rata).
- Will I be stuck in this job? If I lose this job will I be able to get a new one at decent pay? Many people find that they have to down-skill if they look for a new part-time job and that usually means less money. 1,500,000 people in the UK are currently trapped in low-paid part-time jobs below their skill level.
- If I lose my part-time job, will I be unemployed for longer? 400,000 unemployed people in the UK can’t take a job unless they can find one that allows them to work part-time or flexibly.
I was interested to hear about the Hire Me My Way campaign which is calling on all employers to start advertising their new jobs as being open to flexible working options. In other words, extending the ‘right to ask for flexibility’ to day one of a new hire, rather than just being a right for existing employees. I think this would be a great move for the many people who need a part-time job, especially busy parents with family life to juggle.
If you’d like to support this campaign, you can sign up here: http://hirememyway.org.uk/ to help the Hire Me My Way team put more pressure on employers. And remember to look at the part-time job quiz.
Disclosure: This post in association with the Hire Me My Way campaign, but my thoughts are my own.