Power Part Time: the year of the job-share

Power Part Time List 2017This year’s Timewise Power Part Time List includes nine job-shares – encouraging evidence that employers are becoming more creative in their hiring strategies and adapting jobs to suit the best talent.

Alix Ainsley and Charlotte Cherry share the role of HR Director at Lloyds Banking Group. Nothing too unusual about that, you might think –  except that Alix and Charlotte were hired into the role as a job-share pair, from the get-go.

Now that IS unusual. 

It’s music to our ears at Timewise Jobs – one of many signs that employers are getting increasingly relaxed about hiring people on a flexible basis, and more creative in their thinking about how to accommodate different working arrangements to attract talent.

Alix and Charlotte are one of nine job-share pairs to feature in this year’s Power Part Time List – far more than in any previous year. They illustrate a growing trend towards ‘career job-sharing’ – people who partner up and stick together from job to job, promotion to promotion. Prior to joining Lloyds, Alix and Charlotte had shared an HR role at GE Capital UK.

It’s something to think about – finding a compatible career partner and applying together for jobs. You can make a compelling case for bringing benefits to the employer – for example: two heads, a more complete skill-set through complementary strengths, and greater energy levels throughout the whole week.

The Power Part Time List

Our annual Power Part Time List aims to provide inspiration and encouragement to the millions of people who can’t work full-time. Each year, it showcases 50 part time business leaders - fantastic role models for others who want to climb the career ladder whilst working part time. The list also aims to break down business resistance to part time working, by exposing the lie that it can’t work in senior roles.

‘Ones to Watch’

In a new award category sponsored by EY, the list additionally shines a spotlight on ten Ones to Watch – people further down the ranks of business who are proving that it’s possible to rise to the top whilst working part time.

One example is Sue Robinson, a Strategy Senior Manager at the professional services company, Accenture. In 3.5 days per week during 2016, Sue led the firm’s largest strategy project globally, involving over 350 people in more than 20 countries. As if that weren’t enough, Sue also leads Accenture Strategy’s analyst group, with HR responsibilities for 60 analysts. And on top of all that, she finds the time to act as a mentor and advocate for colleagues who want to work flexibly.

Lynn Rattigan, COO at EY UK & Ireland, says: “We are particularly proud to be supporting the ‘Ones to Watch’ category, which profiles part time workers who are climbing the ranks. Their success stories will help to quash misconceptions, provide a set of positive role models and encourage a diverse talent pipeline of future business leaders.”

Timewise Jobs specialises in quality flexible jobs, including senior management part time and flexible roles

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