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What are the benefits of Job Sharing compared to working Part Time or Full Time?

Job sharing has been well documented as a form of work pattern that helps colleagues to maintain their work-life balance.

The Grid below shows the potential differences in work experiences between people who work in Full Time, Part Time and Job Share work patterns.

The examples below are drawn from real colleagues experiences and are not exhaustive.

 

Read about Martine Clark and Lee Almond (HMRC) Job Sharing experience in GOV.UK blog they published as part of National Work Life Week 2017.




Full Time

Part Time

Job Share

9 – 5, 5 days per

average working week

9 – 5, 3 days per

average working week

9 – 5, 2.5 days per average working week

+ 0.5 day handover to partner time.

Busy all working week

Busy for 3 days

Busy for 2.5 + 5 days

Work beyond contracted time, e.g. urgent and important work must be done

Work beyond contracted time, e.g. want to not have unfinished work which mounts up

Work to contracted time supported by handover with Job Share Partner

There are reasonable amounts of promotion opportunities

There are less amounts of promotion opportunities than Full Time

There are reasonable amounts of promotion opportunities as Job Share Partners apply as one FTE

(note: realistically 1.2 FTE taking into account handover time)

Don’t get as much time with Partner and Child as would like to

Do get time to be with Partner and Child

Do get time to be with Partner and Child

One set of knowledge, skills and experience

brought to one role

One set of knowledge, skills and experience

brought to one role

Two sets of knowledge, skills and experience brought to one role

Can attend training on any working week day

Can only attend training on one of the 3 contracted working days

Job Share Partners can only attend training on own working days however the Job Share Partnership can share and benefit from the learning gained with each other.

Middle amount of Employee Engagement

Lowest level of Employee Engagement

Highest level of Employee Engagement

 

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