A quarter of the UK’s full-time workers would prefer to work part-time hours and accept a drop in salary if it did not affect their pay per hour or their career progression, according to the flexible working organisation Timewise.
Research has shown that 77 per cent of part-time workers often feel ‘trapped’ by their flexibility and see their careers stall at key points when they want to progress or move to a new role. This echoes earlier findings from Workingmums.co.uk’s annual survey.
Timewise says a growing number of part timers are bucking this trend and estimates around 849,000 Britons are working formally part time in the higher income bracket (earning a minimum of £40,000 full-time equivalent) – an increase of 10 per cent in the last year alone. Of these, a third are men – with 264,000 men and 585,000 women choosing to work less than full-time in high-earning roles, says Timewise.
The findings come as the organisation reveals its Power 50 awards, some of the UK’s senior part-time and flexible workers, including job share pairs, and their employers.
Timewise co-founder & joint CEO Karen Mattison says: The debate about flexible working has changed. It is not just about working anytime and anywhere. It is also about the millions of UK workers who – for a whole host of reasons – want or need to work less. And today’s new data shows us that this is not just for those in lower paid roles. This ‘work-less’ movement is just as strong among senior professionals and business leaders.
“There is now a pressing need for UK businesses to take action, by designing and unlocking more quality jobs to flexible working options to fit better with people at different stage of their lives. This is what people in 2018 want, now employers need to deliver.”