I know only too well just how hard it is to try and juggle a career and a family. From having built a business to fit around Roo and selling it when it became too time intensive, to re-training in a new career that still couldn’t fit in around my childcare options the pros and cons of working part time play heavily on many mum’s minds.
Thankfully the clever team at Working Mums have provided us with a guest post that highlights both sides of the argument and gives some food for thought on the issue of part time working.
You can choose to work various hours as agreed with your employer, whether it’s just mornings afternoons or certain days of the week, so fitting your work around your home life is much easier.
If you are thinking of returning to work to work part time then you’ll have to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages for you and your family.
Cons of working part time
- People who work part time earn less than those in full time work.
- You may miss out of certain benefits that you would receive if you were in a full time job.
- You may miss out on training opportunities that could enhance and further your career, despite being entitled to this by law.
- You may be forced to fit a full time jobs worth of work into part time hours, which can create a lot of stress, or you may be offered work that is less challenging, making your job more boring than before.
Pros of working part time
- You have the benefit or working to a set schedule, which allows you to spend more time with your family and you can set your own hours.
- You can save a lot of money of childcare costs by spending more time at home with your children and family. Since you can be there when your kids get home from school, you can save money on after school care.
- You may be entitled to claim the same benefits as freelancers, or those who are self employed.
- Your job may become less stressful as you are offered less responsibility, meaning you don’t end up taking your work home with you.
- You have the freedom to pursue outside interests and have more leisure time.
To get more information and tips about part time work for mums, visit www.workingmums.co.uk where there are lots of great hints and tips to a wide variety of flexible working options.
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