Perhaps one of the biggest myths is that job sharing is just for lower or entry-level positions. Lawyers Maggy Pigott and Judith Killick job shared together for 23 years. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour last year; they offered advice on how to make the arrangement work for both you and your employer:
A recent Timewise study shows the number of people working in part-time higher income jobs (£40,000 plus) in the UK rose by more than 10% in 2018.
And it’s not just the legal profession where we’re seeing job sharing take off. The insurance sector is also starting to recognise the benefits of this way of working.
Speaking to Dad Blog UK earlier this year, Sam White and Will McDonald from Aviva explained how sharing the role of Group Public Policy and Sustainability Director works for them.
“We both work three days a week, overlapping on Wednesday, and both keeping the same set days each week,” said Will. “On Wednesdays, we have about an hour of handover but otherwise we don’t duplicate so we are very rarely in the same room. We have a set of principles between us that are really useful in having a clear common understanding of how we work.”
Both men acknowledge their situation is still quite rare, but that the benefits are clear – both for the business and their own work-life balance.
“It has made a huge difference to how much time I spend with my kids and has transformed our relationship. I love it,” said Will.
“We are often told by colleagues they are surprised how smoothly it works. For our teams, we did a secret survey after about a year. We got 95% of the team saying it was working really well,” added Sam.
Here at Stopgap, we’re great advocates of job sharing. Currently sharing a post, we have:
Jane and Zoe
So what is their advice to employers thinking of introducing this option?
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