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Power List: what it’s all about

Our 10th Power List is a celebration of 25 senior individuals and jobshares who have been hired or promoted on a part-time basis, proving by example that part-timers can succeed at the very highest level.

If anyone still believes that there are limits to what part-time employees can achieve, this year’s Power List certainly puts that concept to rest. Because among this year’s winners are individuals with the ultimate responsibility: the safety and sanctity of human life.

Our 10th Power List includes Dr Jane Edwards, a scientist who worked on the Covid-19 vaccine, and Dr Kerrie Thackray, a doctor who returned to the frontline to fight the virus. And it also features a pair of jobsharing intelligence chiefs, whose jobs are so critical to our national security that we are unable to reveal their full names.

This snapshot of part-time Britain shows just how far we’ve come in 10 years, since we launched our first ever list; it’s now undeniable that part-time and success go hand in hand. But unfortunately, it’s not a case of ‘job done’, since half the UK public still believe that senior part-time jobs simply aren’t possible[1].

Perceptions are changing, if slowly; back in 2012, when we launched the Power List, three-quarters of people held this view. And there are now 750,000 people working in senior-level and business critical jobs in the UK, according to ONS data. The missing link is the lack of flexibly advertised, senior level, part-time jobs; as our latest Flexible Jobs Index shows, supply is still a long way behind demand.

So while this 10th anniversary Power List shows how far we’ve come, it’s also a reminder that the jobs market needs to catch up. It’s our hope that the part-time success stories of our winners will encourage more organisations to get behind flexible hiring and crack the part-time jobs market wide open. Read and be inspired.

[1]Methodology: ICM Unlimited interviewed 2,004 GB adults aged 18+ online from 1-4 April 2022. Data were weighted to be representative of GB adults by age, gender, region and socio-economic characteristics including SEG. ICM Unlimited is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Supported by EY, Diageo, Lloyds Banking Group and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation