Is part time working a flexible option?

Linda Walker

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The United Kingdom ranks in the top three countries for part-time employment amongst women aged between 24 to 35. Part-time work amounts to 36% of female employment. (OECD 2001) The total numbers of people employed parttime in the UK is approximately 7.3 million or nearly 25% of the working population in total. The growth in part-time work has also shown a far greater increase compared to the increase in the number of jobs as a whole. The rise has been 68.5% for part-time compared to 8.3% for full-time jobs. This rise covers the period 1984 to 2005. In addition there has also been a marked rise in the number of people who have second jobs. Alongside the growth in the number of part-time workers there has been a call for greater flexibility at work. This has given rise to a number of options, including term-time working, flexi-time, and staggered hours. Part-time working is always included in lists of flexible options. There does not seem to be any acceptance of the view that part-time is not flexible. The call for greater flexibility in working patterns seems to be coming from two perspectives. The first is a greater demand from employers for flexibility that will enable them to meet customer needs and the second factor influencing flexibility is the growth in work-life balance initiatives. These are partly explained by government policy. This paper will explore whether part-time working should be included in the list of options that offer flexibility at work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th annual IERA conference
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007
Event15th annual IERA conference - Canterbury, UK
Duration: 1 Jul 2007 → …


Conference15th annual IERA conference
Period1/07/07 → …


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