6 benefits of working part-time instead of full-time

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 25 July 2022

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Individuals who work in a part-time job typically work in a role for no more than 35 hours per week. Part-time work has the potential to offer more flexible working patterns and many industries and companies have part-time working opportunities. Besides the obvious monetary compensation benefits associated with working part-time, there are many additional advantages associated with part-time work. In this article, we discuss what part-time work means and review six benefits of working a part-time job.

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What is a part-time worker?

A part-time worker is a person who works for an employer at a reduced rate compared to full-time employees, usually resulting in lower gross compensation. Being a part-time employee entitles you to the same treatment as full-time staff in terms of pay rates, holidays, pensions, training and promotion opportunities. Employers may calculate some of these benefits in accordance with the number of hours you work. For example, if you work 50% less than a full-time employee, you may receive a bonus that is 50% less than theirs.

Part-time employees may not receive the same benefits as full-time employees, provided that an employer can provide 'objective justification' for the reason. For example, an employer may not contribute money to your pension pot if the cost is disproportionate to your entitled benefits. You can find further details of your rights as a part-time employee on the government website.

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The benefits of working part-time

Here are some of the key benefits of working part-time instead of full-time:

1. Time to pursue other aspirations

Working part-time increases the amount of free time that you have to pursue other aspirations in your life. Whilst you do have this opportunity with full-time jobs, either during evenings or at the weekend, individuals may spend a lot of their free time carrying out general responsibilities. When working part-time, you can potentially gain roughly 20 hours of additional free time to commit to other aspirations.

For example, you could choose to work a part-time job as a means of earning money whilst studying, enabling you to devote a fair amount of time to work towards your dream goal. You may also be working towards your dream goal in another manner, such as volunteering, interning or gaining work experience at a company in your desired field of work. Many people are also passionate about charity work. A part-time role gives them ample opportunity to give back to the community and help others in need.

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2. Less stress

Individuals working in full-time jobs may be more susceptible to work-related stress, as they spend more time attending to their duties and commuting. Therefore, it's possible to experience less stress by being a part-time employee, as you spend less time throughout your week focusing on your job.

Outside of work hours, you may be less concerned with emails or projects that you're working on and may be better able to relieve yourself from the pressures and demands of your job. As a part-time employee, you may have less responsibility, as your colleagues are likely to have other systems in place for when you're not present. By reducing the amount of time spent thinking about work, you may reduce the possible stressful effects associated with it and may be better able to enjoy the other aspects of your life.

3. More time to spend with family and friends

There are many different aspects and elements to life outside of work, with one of the biggest and arguably most important aspects being family. Becoming part-time means you can spend less time at work and spend more with family and friends.

This can act as a major benefit for anyone, but some groups of people, in particular, may reap the benefits of having additional time to spend with family. For instance, parents of newborns and young children can devote a valuable amount of time to raising and spending time with their kids. Additionally, individuals with elderly and sick relatives have more opportunities to tend to their needs and give them the required care without sacrificing their work. Young people in part-time jobs may also have additional time to enjoy a healthy social life, which can greatly increase their overall quality of life.

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4. Flexible routines

It's common for full-time jobs to be more tightly regimented than part-time roles. This can be a good thing for people that enjoy stability and routine, though it can also lead to work becoming less interesting. Part-time jobs often enable you to help with different areas and aspects of the company, and having different tasks to complete every day could increase satisfaction in your role.

A part-time job can also offer the opportunity to choose how you spend the rest of your time. Whether you have a few extra hours a day or two extra days a week, you may have the freedom of deciding how you spend that time. Working part-time can give you plenty of time to relax, get exercise or go to the gym, study for a qualification or you could even opt to work another part-time role, splitting your time into two different careers. Either way, it may give you more opportunities to enjoy a flexible work-life balance.

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5. New opportunities become available

Companies may pick to recruit an individual on a part-time basis when they feel that person can offer something to their organisation, but there isn't room for a full-time opportunity at that moment or they're unsure of the specific role that may be suitable for them. As a part-time employee for a company, they may task you with a wide range of different responsibilities that can offer a number of opportunities for progression in the company.

As your employer continues to offer tasks, projects and responsibilities across several disciplines, both they and you can determine where you fit in best. They may work on integrating you into a full-time position in the area of the company that suits your skill set best. Additionally, working on many different projects can give you the opportunity to improve your skills. A part-time role may enable you to learn the basics whilst learning from colleagues who can help craft important working skills, such as communication, teamwork, organisation and a range of hard skills.

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6. Build time-management skills

As a part-time employee, you're likely to have a set number of working hours as agreed with your manager or supervisor. Upon the completion of those hours, you may have the autonomy to schedule the remainder of your time yourself. It's here that you can develop essential time-management skills that not only can help you in other aspects of your life but can also impress potential future employers. You can learn to organise your time effectively and manage it around your responsibilities.

A full-time employee may find it more challenging to develop these important time-management skills compared to a part-time employee. Full-time employees tend to work 9-5 and only manage their projects and responsibilities within this time frame. Part-time employees plan their time more broadly and potentially across a wider selection of tasks and disciplines. Communicate with your manager to arrange your working pattern so that it fits with your schedule and consider enquiring about new responsibilities you could pick up. Duties that don't fit well into other colleagues' schedules could work well in yours.

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Should I work part-time?

If you've read the benefits of working part-time and decided that you want to explore the possibility of part-time work within your life, the next step is to consider whether part-time work is viable for you. Since part-time employees tend to earn less money, even if they can save some through commuting, you may want to consider if it's financially sustainable for you to work part-time.

You may also want to consider your personal and life goals when considering part-time work. If you have personal aspirations that require work experience or further study, then a part-time job is a great way to accompany your goals. Additionally, part-time work is a great way to build experience and skills before settling into a full-time role.

Please note that none of the companies mentioned in this article are affiliated with Indeed.

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