Which sectors are most flexi-friendly?

Lady shrugging shouldersIs part time work essential to you? The vast majority of our candidates say so.

Whether it’s because we have young children, an elderly relative to look after, or simply other projects to focus on, like starting a business or writing a novel, most part time workers choose jobs that fit with their lives, not the other way round.

So if finding part time employment is vital to you, what do you do if you work in a role where part time job opportunities are in scarce supply? Because when it comes to decent part time work, some sectors are definitely more flexi-friendly than others.

If you have transferable skills, it might pay to switch your job search to a sector that embraces flexibility. You might even wish to consider re-training.

At an unskilled and low-skilled level, certain sectors in the UK are fuelled by part time workers. Despite the recession, the hospitality sector is growing, and the UK has a chronic nursing shortage – this means that kitchen workers and nursing assistants are in high demand. Part time vacancies are also relatively easy to come by for cleaners, carers, bar staff and shop assistants. But these roles tend to be notoriously low paid and insecure, with poor long term career prospects.

So, what if you’re looking for something permanent and well-paid, but part time? On Timewise Jobs, the busiest areas are:

Our Timewise Recruitment team report that HR and Business Development are also areas where part time vacancies frequently arise.

And in terms of organisations, small businesses and charities lead the way for part time employment, possibly because they often need expertise but can’t afford to hire someone full time.

If you’d like to improve your chances of securing a good part time job, you might want to consider tailoring your skillset to these areas where possible. Having a portfolio of skills is in any case helpful to keep your options as broad as possible.

To break in to some roles, such as book-keeping, you would need to re-train, as a qualification is usually required. For others, such as marketing or PR, getting unpaid work experience or volunteering could help you build up your skills.

Does our assessment ring true to you? Have you found some sectors to be more sympathetic to part time employment than others? Please let us know what you think. You can share your stories with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or join the conversation on our LinkedIn group.


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