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Part-time Work

Many people work part-time in order to balance work and personal commitments or to accommodate caring responsibilities. There is no set number of hours that makes someone part-time ­ it is simply where someone works less than the normal full-time hours.

Part-time workers must not be treated less favourably than comparable full-timers. This means they should:

  • receive the same rates of pay
  • not be excluded from training simply because they are part-time
  • receive pro rata holiday entitlement as compared to full-timers
  • be  able to take career breaks or contractual and parental leave in the same way as full-time workers
  • not be treated less favourably in redundancy selection

If you treat a part-time employee differently, you must be able to objectively justify the reason for doing so, and show that the reason will meet a genuine business need.  You should not treat a part-timer less favourably just because they work part-time.

There are various kinds of part time working, such as:

  • job-share - where a full-time job is divided into two part-time jobs
  • term-time work ­ where an employee doesn’t work or works reduced hours during school holidays
  • evening or weekend work
  • casual work or bank work

Contact us for more information on part-time work.

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