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Help me decide between 2 jobs

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Playerpleeeese Fri 10-May-13 14:04:59

I have a 5yr old DS, in reception. Joint custody with my ex. My mum round the corner that helps with childcare enormously and my sister is a sahm with 3 kids who can help out in emergencys.

Job one - shifts - 2 weeks of 6-2 then 2 weeks of 1-9 some weekend work, but a long weekend Friday - Monday every 4 weeks. 10 weeks of annual leave. Commute either half hour driving or hour on train, sometimes can get free parking sometimes not. Not too mentally stimulating but amusing enough you don't get bored. Have to wear unflattering (understatement emoticon) uniform.

Job two - mon - fri 9-5. 4 weeks annual leave. 1.5 hours commute each way, virtually no chance of driving so will have to use train. Mentally stimulating. Normal office clothes.

Both same money, same pension etc.

Sooooo wwyd?

Playerpleeeese Fri 10-May-13 14:07:45

Forgot to add

Job one - can do overtime for good money

Job two - no overtime, and £100 higher travel costs

Chilliandbanana Fri 10-May-13 14:16:13

Job no 1 sounds like the one that may work best for you now in your current position and 10 weeks annual leave is nothing to sniff at when you have school age children.

SanityClause Fri 10-May-13 17:29:05

Which has better prospects? Your DC wont be little for ever, so consider your own future.

Incidentally, you should get 5.6 weeks of annual leave (this includes bank holidays, though) under the Working Time Directive.

emess Sun 12-May-13 21:37:56

Tricky, but time off in any form is always valuable when you have young children, making Job 1 attractive. How do you feel about shifts? Would either job lead to something more suitable, eg with less travelling / easier hours / etc?

Do let us know what you decide!

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