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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 your employer treats you differently, they must objectively justify the reason why they are doing so, and show that the reason will meet a genuine business need. But you should not be treated less favourably just because you 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 - ­you work reduced hours or don’t work 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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