Hiring part-time staff is good for business both to get around the economic crisis and for the long term, according to a survey of employers.
Hiring part-time staff is good for business both to get around the economic crisis and for the long term, according to a survey of 274 employers.
The survey by Women Like US found that rather than immediate economic problems, employers were looking at hiring part-time staff as part of a long-term change in the approach to working hours.
Some 19 per cent said they were hiring part-time staff because of the economic situation, but 26 per cent said long-term changes were the reason.
The survey also showed that employers’ perceptions of what jobs can be worked part time are widening. Some 96 per cent said part-time work was not just for low skilled staff. Some 42 per cent said senior managers and directors were already working part time. Just 24 per cent of staff working part time were low skilled.
The benefits of hiring staff on a part-time basis included being able to afford senior-level talent on part-time pay, saving money because you only paid for the hours worked, matching your staffing hours to the busiest time and accessing a wider pool of skilled candidates.
Resa Galgut, Head of Recruitment at Women Like Us, said: “Until now, it has been assumed that employers are hiring part-time staff as short-term measure designed to tide them over in difficult economic times. But underneath that immediate ‘cost-saving’ need, the ground is shifting. An evolution in the way that we look at the structure of working hours, and what gets the business and the individual the best results, is changing, long term. We are working smarter, recruiting smarter, and employing smarter. Employers recognise that those who have the best work-life balance – whatever that is for them – give the best back.”