Part-time work for mums can pay its way


part-time-careersJust because you can only work family-friendly hours as a parent, that doesn't mean part-time work for mums can't be successful and fulfilling.

A new study has shown that senior roles in the workplace are not just available to full-time workers, as hundreds of thousands of us are earning a minimum of £40,000 a year in part-time roles.

Part-time careers website Timewise found that 650,000 Britons work family-friendly hours for annual pay of £40,000 or more, equating to 10% of part-time workers in total.

A further study of 2,000 people showed that a large number of part-time workers undertake this kind of employment in order to spend more time with their children.

Know your part-time worker rights

Part-time employees are officially classed as those who work less than 35 hours per week, but a part-time career doesn't mean you have fewer rights than a full-time worker.

If you are looking for part-time work for mums that is fulfilling and successful,  it is important that you know what your rights are.

However, if you do believe you are being treated unfairly in your part-time job (for instance, if you have been overlooked for a promotion), it is a good idea to seek free, confidential advice from organisations such as Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).

If, on the other hand, you are looking for part-time work for mums that suits family-friendly life, there are plenty of options available - from childminding to setting up your own business.

Founder of Timewise, Karen Mattison, said: "Behind the doors of many British businesses are thousands of senior professionals, working at the top of their game, on a part-time basis, because they want to."

She added: "People say part-time and senior [work] can't be done, but thanks to employers who get the business benefits of hiring talented people on a part-time basis, there are now part-time finance directors, heads of communications, even part-time chief executives out there."