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MPs and non-government officials call for changes to National Insurance Contributions to encourage more job shares.
A group of 21 MPs and non-government officials have written an open letter to the Government calling for changes in the way National Insurance works for people in job shares.
The group, including Caroline Nokes, chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, say that the fact that employers have to pay two lots of National Insurance (NI) contributions for job share partners is putting some employers off using this form of flexible working.
workingmums.co.uk’s annual surveys show little movement in the number of parents in job shares despite research showing the benefits for both employers and employees. Employers get two people’s skillsets and cover throughout the year. Employees are able to work part time in senior roles.
Civil Service Resourcing won the workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Award for Flexible Working in 2018 for its pioneering work on job shares through the Civil Service Job Share Finder service.
Brian Stanislas was tasked with setting up the online job-share database to help civil servants across the service find compatible job share matches. Working collaboratively with the Civil Service Job Share and Alternative Working Network (now the Civil Service Flexible Working Network), the project had senior level support from the offset.
Brian says: “From concerns about the ageing population to returners to career changers to the gender pay gap and dads, there is more and more interest in flexible working and job shares provide a solution to the problem of going to the top without being full time.”