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Finding Part Time Work

In an ideal world I would be able to find a job that I can do for three days a week, from 9:30 to 2:30, to enable me to do the pre-school run and be home for the kids when they are. When the kids are at school, I might stretch to 5 days a week, but I still want the 9:30 to 2:30. Oh, and by the way, I want it to be interesting, stimulating and pay well. Am I dreaming??

Maybe not. Times are changing and there is a gradual realisation that there is a great workforce of women out there, who are highly talented, motivated and experienced in a variety of areas, but whose families come first and who have limited time to commit to work. All it needs is an employer who sees the up side of this to add to the pool of part time jobs available.

EMPLOYERS: Think about this!

So how do you find those jobs? Click on the following links for:

Case Studies

Family Friendly Employers

How to find part time work.


Finding Part time work: Case Studies

Part time in marketing

My neighbour works 2 days a week from 9:30 to 2:30. She has all school holidays off work and her days can be flexible if something comes up with the children. She works in Marketing.

How does she do this? In this case, she has previous experience with the company so they know her skills and talents. She is paid by the hour so they get what they pay for. She is flexible, so if there is a period where there is no marketing project, she can cut back to a day a week, and perhaps pick up more later on.

The company get the skills of an experienced Marketing professional for a few hours a week. They don't need a full time marketer, so it works for both parties.

Part Time in Finance and IT

In my own experience, even before children, I had a part time role. I have 12 years experience in IT in the Finance Industry and I was working as IT Manager for the Property business at AMP Henderson. I decided I no longer wanted to work full time and with the support of my partner and the help of a Life Coach, I resigned from my role. When I resigned, however, I suggested that I could be available part time to ensure a quality handover. My boss went away and thought about it, and ended up offering me a part time role, three days a week.

To get my part time role, all I needed was confidence in my own skills and ability and the guts to ask for it. Add to that the fact that AMP has a good reputation for being family friendly and I was on a winner!

But think about it from the employer's perspective. They have a resource who knows the organisation and has the specific skills they require. They are tried and tested and have a good reputation. Why would they want to lose that employee and have to go through the cost of recruiting someone new, with the risk that they don't work out?

There is the issue of backfilling the two days, but if the organisation is creative, there are some good options. There may be a more junior staff member who wants the opportunity to step up. This way they can take on more responsibility with the full support of an experienced person. Another option is to hire someone to job share, who is in a similar position of wanting a part time role, or looking creatively at the team structure and perhaps hiring a full time junior for the cost of the two days of the senior role. All it takes is a bit of creativity and the support of the organisation.

Part time in HR

A friend of mine started a new job at Christmas. She is working 3 days a week in HR, with the option of one of those days becoming a work from home day once she is settled in the role.

This friend has two children not yet at school and she has found a lovely day care on the way to work, which makes it easy to drop off and pick the children up.

One thing she said which stuck in my mind, was that she now really enjoys the two days she has home with the children during the week, she enjoys the domestic side of things. The balance of work and home life makes both more enjoyable.

How did she find this job? In this case, through a standard advertisement from a recruitment agency.

Part Time in the Travel Industry

One of the mums in my Mother's Group works in Marketing in the Travel Industry. She has two children under school age and she works 3 days a week. She will happily tell you that she needs those three days a week in order to survive the 4 days a week at home with the kids. She enjoys her work itself, and the other things that come with it - the adult conversation, the coffee breaks where you get to drink a hot cup of coffee, the lunchbreaks where you can just pop to the shops.

So how did she get this role? She was working in this industry before having the children, but she changed companies when she went back to work after baby number 1. Her new job was found though a recruitment agent.


So which companies are considered family friendly?

The Australian Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workforce Agency (EOWA) has recently published an Employer of Choice for Women list.

There are ninety-nine businesses on the 2008 list and the criteria they had to meet include:

  • offering a minimum of six weeks paid maternity leave after 12 months of service
  • the opportunity for female mangers to work part time
  • the number of women in leadership positions much meet the industry average or be at least 27%.

Industries included in the Employer of Choice list are: Construction, Education, the Utilities, Finance and Insurance, Health and Community Services, Manufacturing, Mining, Property and Business and Retail.

As an example, the following 42 organisations are listed for NSW:

  • American Express Australia Pty Ltd
  • AMP Limited
  • Australia Securities Exchange Limited
  • Baptist Community Services - NSW & ACT
  • Becton Dickinson Pty Ltd
  • Blake Dawson
  • Boral Limited
  • Brisbane Water (NSW) Legacy
  • Cisco Systems Australia
  • Citi
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Deloitte
  • EMI Music Australia Pty Ltd
  • Ernst & Young Services
  • Freehills
  • Hays
  • IBM Australia Ltd
  • Illawarra Technology Corporation Limited
  • Insurance Australia Group Limited
  • JPMorgan Administrative Services Australia
  • Limited
  • Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd
  • Lend Lease Corporation
  • Loreto Normanhurst
  • Mallesons Stephen Jaques
  • McDonald's Australia Pty Ltd
  • Medtronic Australasia Pty Ltd
  • National Childcare Accreditation Council Inc
  • NSW Teachers Credit Union Limited
  • Origin Energy Limited
  • Pitney Bowes Australia Pty Ltd
  • Santa Sabina College
  • Sparke Helmore
  • The Spastic Centre of New South Wales
  • The University of New South Wales (UNSW)
  • The University of Sydney
  • UBS AG, Australia Branch
  • University of New England
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • Warrigal Care
  • Westpac Banking Corporation

For further information on the criteria applied and the full national list of employers, go to the EOWA website

Negotiating a family friendly agreement


Where do you find those part time jobs?

There are a number of sources of jobs on line. If you include 'part time' in your search criteria, you will find part time work in a range of industries.


The following specifically offer part time and temporary positions:

  • (accounting and administrative roles)

You can also look in your local paper, on billboards, in magazines, libraries, community centres, TAFE and Centrelink.

Alternatively, you can go directly to a employer's website or to recruitment agents.

Other source are professional associations and word of mouth.




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