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Can you fix it? Part-time workers need a break

Last updated 05:00 14/11/2012

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Here's another take on the part-time angle. How about allowing those that want to work part-time hours work part-time in professional fields?

I am a business analyst with over 5 years' experience working on various projects. When I went back to work after having my second child, I was able to arrange school-friendly hours, which is critical as my older child has special needs and I need to keep communication going with the school.

Because I have been at the same job for more than five years, I was getting a bit bored with working on the same systems and dealing with the same problems, so I looked for another job. I got told time and time again that I had a great CV, I interviewed well, but because I was only willing to work school-friendly hours I was deemed unsuitable for the role.

In my current role, I have been passed up for the most interesting projects because of my part-time hours.

Working part time in this country means career stagnation and death.

Perhaps the government needs to support people choosing to work part time in professional fields. I know for a fact that if a government department advertises a role as full-time (which all government roles are), the new hire must work full-time hours. Why? The government should set the example by allowing hiring managers to hire on a competent person, regardless of the number of hours they can work.

Let's make use of all that wonderful professional talent out there, all those people that are willing to work, but are also trying to meet their kids' emotional, social and educational needs.

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