Permanent recruitment


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:

  1. Financial security. Knowing that that you will receive a fixed wage each month enables you to budget and can provide peace of mind.
  2. Stability.

Having a permanent position can enable you to focus on other areas of your life such as your home-life, or recreational activities.

  1. Support network. Being part of a team at work provides an opportunity to establish social networks, make friends and have a support network which is independent of your home life. Knowing that you are a valued member of a team can also improve your self-esteem.


Are there any Disadvantages?

  1. Work-life balance. If your job involves working long hours, or anti-social hours such as night shifts, it may have a negative impact on your work-life balance.
  2. Monotony and boredom. Although having a routine can at times be reassuring it may also become monotonous, particularly in roles where the employee is not empowered to make decisions.
  3. Commuting. If this is only for a temporary period it can be easier to bear but having a log commute with no end date can be both frustrating and stressful.
  4. Lack of flexibility. At times having a permanent position can be extremely restrictive. You may have found a fantastic holiday but be unable to go because your boss won’t grant you annual leave. Equally notice periods can at times be tiresome. Whilst they offer protection they can be restrictive if you want to make act spontaneously.

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 Employment

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:

  1. Working fewer hours means that you will have more time to spend on other activities. This might include spending time with your children or caring for an elderly relative.
  2. If you are studying you may also wish to work on a part-time basis as it will allow you sufficient time to study whilst maintaining financial independence.
  3. Working part-time is a great way to try out a new role or to work in a new field without committing fully.


Are there any Disadvantages to Part-Time Working?

  1. Having increased free time is fantastic, but it also means that the financial reward will be proportionally less.
  2. Whilst part time workers may have the same role as their full time companions the fact that they are present at work less hours often means that they are taken less seriously and have less influence then their full time colleagues. In terms of career advancement this may be a disadvantage.


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.