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1 in 4 UK workers work 30 hours a week or less, yet 77% feel trapped in their current part-time role. Why are part-time workers underpaid in roles they are overskilled for? This research explores the problems in part-time career progression.
This research set out to explore what barriers face part-time workers as they attempt to progress their careers. To do this, we conducted interviews with 1000 people working less than 30 hours a week, and earning full time equivalent salaries of more than £20,000 per annum. We found when it comes to part-time and progression: Britain still has far to go.
A step down to part-time
Among the part-time workers interviewed:
The part-time plateau
Many respondents reported reaching a plateau in their career, with the prospect of promotion fading with their reduction in working hours. Among the part-time workers interviewed:
Following this research, Timewise has launched a search for the second Power Part Time list: a roll call of 50 people working at the top of their profession in any way but the standard 9-5. By sharing these leaders’ stories, the list hopes to prove that success and progression in part-time is and should be possible.
Published in 2013Download full research report