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Part-time work is great for people looking to gain experience or flexibility within their chosen career.
Part-time work is available for everyone and anyone; whether recently unemployed, fresh out of school or still studying, part time work can be an excellent way of learning a new skill, earning money or gaining experience. Most commonly, part-time work will be taken on by people who have other commitments so cannot work full time, such as:
Part-time work can be found in almost every industry, however, some offer greater flexibility than others. For example:
With almost all shops (big, small, independent and chain) staying open at the weekends and/or late in the evenings, there are plenty of part-time jobs available in retail.
Whether it is working at the till in a busy supermarket, supervising in a high street department store, or restocking shelves in a home-wares store, there are a variety of roles.
Young people can often start off in this area much easier than in other jobs, due to lower demand for experience, responsibility and qualifications.
Customer service, administration roles and office work are regularly offered on a part-time basis, due to busy periods or in evenings.
Working in a restaurant or café is a great way to start earning money part-time, but also great for acquiring interpersonal skills and experience working under pressure.
The catering industry is vast, and offers many part-time opportunities, whether waiting tables, preparing food, serving at a bar, making coffees, washing up, or being a kitchen assistant.
The working hours can be anti-social depending on the type of restaurant, but work can be flexible.
There are many opportunities for young people and part-time workers to find roles in factories or warehouses.
Duties can range from picking and packing in a warehouse, to assembling parts on a conveyor belt.
This sort of work can also be seasonal, for example, in the run up to Christmas when companies employ more people to pick and pack.
Part-time coaching roles, such as swimming teachers or football coaches can earn money for particularly talented people.
Life-guarding is also a great part-time job for those interested in swimming and/or future careers in coastguarding etc.
Part-time work in labouring can be highly lucrative due to the arduous and extremely tiring tasks.
Temping can offer extremely varied and highly rewarding opportunities.
People can try out a range of different office jobs to see what best suits; they can work at a large event, or maybe discover a new and exciting industry to work in that they had never considered.
Temping offers a higher level of freedom as temps can choose, where, when and how long to work for, therefore it can also offer flexibility to people who have other commitments.
Temping is a fantastic opportunity for students of all ages who are looking to make some money, gain experience and start thinking about what kind of job they may want to get into in the future.
It is also a useful way of building up experience on CVs and contacts from an early age.
Job sharing is an arrangement normally between two people who will work part-time to fill a role that is normally filled by one person working full-time.
It is an ideal situation for two employees who need more free time or have other commitments, however, it can often be challenging as the two people must maintain excellent communication to ensure that work is achieved and nothing is repeated.
People take on part-time work for a number of reasons:
There are a variety of places where people can find part-time work. For work in the service industry, the most common way is to go into a shop or bar etc. and ask the manager if they have an vacancies. Even if they say no, hand them your CV anyway as jobs may become available.
For a more office based part-time job, or temping, there are a number of recruitment websites to visit:
It is also worth looking up local independent recruitment agencies, as they will have many vacancies located in close proximity.
For more information on job sharing schemes, time off in lieu, holidays and flexi-time, please see Work Types