Full-Time or Part-Time Employment?
Choosing a Work Pattern to Fulfil your Work-Life Balance.
Traditionally full-time permanent employment was considered to be the norm but this is no longer the case. There are now several options available including permanent full-time or part-time positions on fixed hours, term-time only or a flexible working pattern. Temporary positions are also available either on a full-time or part-time basis.
Whether you choose to work on a full-time or part-time basis there are advantages and disadvantages to both so it is important to consider the options carefully before making a decision about which will suit your life-style best.
What is Full-Time Employment?
Permanent, full-time employment typically consists of working a minimum of 37 hours per week in a permanent salaried position. Having a permanent workforce offers security to both the employer and the employee as it ensures continuity. The employee can relax in the knowledge that they will be paid an agreed amount each month and the employers are secure that they will have a stable workforce providing continuous service.
What are the Benefits of Full-Time Employment?
Having a permanent, full-time position offers several advantages which include:
Having a permanent position can enable you to focus on other areas of your life such as your home-life, or recreational activities.
Are there any Disadvantages?
Overall, permanent employment offers stability and can be reassuring in terms of financial planning. However, for others it may feel far too restrictive and be lacking in excitement. How it is perceived will depend a lot on what stage in your life you are at. A young person with no dependents my love the thrill and excitement of working on a temporary basis and the lack of security doesn’t concern them whereas someone having a mortgage and children may prefer security rather than over excitement.
Part-time employees work less than the traditional amount of 37 hours a week. This can be accommodated by working fewer days or a few hours every day.
What are the Advantages of Part-Time Working?
There are several advantages of part-time working:
Are there any Disadvantages to Part-Time Working?
Full-Time or Part-Time?
If you are already working full-time it might be difficult to convince your boss to let you work part-time and may even be interpreted as a lack of commitment on your part. Many companies are not keen on having part-time employees, even when it is done as a job-share position, where a full time position is divided between two people, as they consider it will cause them additional administration.
However, if you are unable to find a permanent position, taking on a part-time or temporary position can often lead to one. Once you have proved your worth to the company they are far more likely to offer you a permanent/full-time position than an external candidate who they do not know.
Which one will you Choose?
Working part-time allows more time to enjoy other activities and is ideal if you are able to manage on a part-time wage, but many people have financial obligations which need to be met every month and require a full-time position in order support them.