And data published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that women are significantly more likely to be in part-time employment than men.
The reason for this imbalance is that women in the UK (and around the world) provide the bulk of childcare in families and therefore need more flexible working hours to fit around the kids, sometimes with damaging results to a woman’s earning potential.
Although the situation is slowly improving, with many workplaces introducing flexi-time and job-sharing, there is a shortage of well paid part-time jobs and many women are forced into unskilled labour so they can also care for their children. Check out our guide on smart ways to save and find help on childcare costs.
Therefore, the current lack of flexibility in working patterns means that employers are missing out on a vast pool of untapped talent.
Flexible working arrangements should be in place to enable women to fully participate in the labour market – this is vital for the economy.
This blinkered refusal to allow senior staff to work part-time or outside the usual 9-5 structure means many top-paying jobs are virtually ‘no-go’ areas for women.
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So, there’s no doubt that part-time employment has a bad reputation. But we like to see the positive side here at Money Nuggets.
Here we look at five careers that offer flexibility without working for minimum wage.
Five Well Paid Part-Time Jobs
There’s no doubt that high-paying part time jobs are few and far between. Fewer than one in seven of the 900,000 people working in Britain’s top ten best-paid jobs has a short working week, according to research by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
However, there are some better paid professions which are ahead of the curve when it comes to flexibility in working patterns:
Teaching, whether at primary, secondary, higher of further education level offers flexible working patterns, the possibility of part-time hours, job-sharing and generous holidays which can fit around the kids.
A substitute or supply teacher (who fills in for other teachers and often works part-time) can earn up to £150 per day.
An added bonus is that teachers are currently in short supply so jobs are widely available. To find out more about becoming a teacher consult the Government’s Get into Teaching website.
If you are confident and enjoy the challenge of selling you can earn performance-related bonuses working hours to suit you and often from your own home.
Many positions provide a good basic wage and excellent benefits and bonuses for top sellers.
3. Accounting and Bookkeeping
Many accountants and bookkeepers work either for themselves and/or on a part-time basis.
Accountancy jobs involve assisting in the preparation of accounts, dealing with basic bookkeeping, processing and paying invoices and recording receipts and payments.
Skilled bookkeepers and accountants can earn up to £16-£30 per hour. To find out more about getting qualified consult the International Association of Book-keeping website here.
4. Administrative Jobs
Admin roles can be highly varied and include dealing with customers, marketing and ensuring a department runs smoothly.
All companies and organisations, particularly in the public sector, need skilled administrators and there is more scope for working part-time hours.
You will need excellent IT, organisational and interpersonal skills. Some administrators can earn up to £45,000 per year (full-time, £26,000 per year pro rata)
5. IT/Web Development
Many IT professionals or web developers work from home or through a recruitment agency with flexible working hours.
IT specialists can earn up to £110 per day on part-time, flexible contracts and jobs are widely available. To find out more about becoming an IT specialist consult the Prospects website here.
Where to Find Well Paid Part-time Jobs
Most recruitment portals have sections for part-time jobs and there are some sites which are solely dedicated to part-time work. Here are some of the best:
Part-Time Work: The Facts and Figures
- Almost three-quarters of part-time workers are women. There are 2.11 million men and 5.85 million women in part-time employment.
- 40 per cent of women work fewer than 30 hours per week, compared with 13 per cent of men.
- A Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) survey found that 81% of women with dependent children say said the availability of flexible or part-time working was important compared with 59 per cent of men.
- Part time work is generally available in low skilled sectors with correspondingly low rates of pay. Low-paying part-time work – such as retail assistants and cleaners – is also dominated by women.
About three-quarters of waiters, waitresses and bar staff – where two-thirds of the workforce is female – work part-time.
Over to you
What is your experience of part-time work? Is it always low paid or have you found a flexible career that is financially viable? Share with us in the comment box below!
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