The new part-timers
The Waspi woman
So-called after the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign that aims to highlight the dilemma of women born in the 1950s who, due to changes in the law, saw their retirement age increase with little or no notice. This has left a generation of women in their 60s looking for part-time work to sustain them until they are able to claim their pension.
The low-wage man
The number of men working part-time for a low wage has risen dramatically since the 1990s. Men aged between 25 and 55 who were in the lowest quintile of hourly wages were four times more likely to be working part-time now than they would have been 20 years ago.
The part-time CEO
Chief executives and company directors who work part-time may still be a rare breed, but they’re on the increase, as the Timewise power list shows. The Learning and Work Institute found that the number of people working part-time in senior roles increased by 5.7% last year.
The public sector worker
According to statistics from Timewise, jobs in the health sector, social services and education or training are most likely to be advertised as open to flexible working. Health Education England figures suggest the average GP now works four days a week, and one in four teachers work part-time. But for many in the public sector, unpaid overtime means they’re still working a 40-hour week.
The portfolio millennial
According to the Taylor review, commissioned by employment tsar Matthew Taylor, millennials and centennials are more likely to be in work that is “characterised by contractual flexibility”. This might mean that they are choosing to prioritise their worklife balance, or it could be because of the lack of permanent stability in the jobs market.