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Part-time job of 25 hours pro-rata £25k - how to work out 'working' hours?

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burntthesprouts Tue 21-Jul-15 22:08:20

Recently returned to work after a long absence - full-time 37.5 hours. Work 9-5 with 2 x 15 min tea breaks and 1 hour for lunch so that equates to actual 'worked' hours of 30 hours. I.m applying for a part-time job that states 25 hrs - there's no detail on the level of flexibility but am wondering how break times are factored in and whether by choosing not to take breaks I can effectively reduce the attended hours - am guessing the days could be 9-2, 5 days a week with perhaps a half hour break in each day that would equate to 22.5hrs - I guess I'm trying to work out how I might work these hours over 3-4 days rather than do 5 consecutive days IYSWIM? Anyone else care to share how they work their part-time time hours? Be everso grateful if you could!

RandomMess Tue 21-Jul-15 22:13:51

Are you sure you got paid for your lunch hour - that is VERY unusual???

You get paid tea breaks depending on the length of the hours worked - think it's 15 mins for a 5 hour stretch - anyway there are legal requirements for that you need to look at.

RandomMess Tue 21-Jul-15 22:15:57

"Workers have the right to one uninterrupted 20 minute rest break during their working day (this could be a tea or lunch break), if they work more than 6 hours a day."

Doesn't have to be paid I guess!

flossyfloo Tue 21-Jul-15 22:16:47

I work 24 hours over 4 days and do 9-3 so 6 hours. I don't take a lunch break (I eat at my desk or while I'm driving about). If I worked over the 6 hours I would have to take a half hour unpaid break. I do get a 10 minute paid break within those 6 hours though.

So for me to do 25 hours over 4 days with a half hour break every day I would most probably work 9-3:45.

Not sure of this helps at all or if this is even what you're asking ��

DoTheDuckFace Tue 21-Jul-15 22:17:09

I work 30 hours a week. I do 8.20 - 4.50 on Monday with a 30 min lunch break. I then do 8.20-1.50 tue-Friday with no break. Because it is only 5.5 hours I don't have to have a break. I used to do 8.15-2.45 everyday but because that was over 6 hours I had to have a 20 min unpaid lunch break.

FatimaLovesBread Tue 21-Jul-15 22:19:06

I work 25hrs over 3 days, although lunch isn't paid so I work 26.5 hours. Most places I've worked don't have paid lunch breaks

ethelb Tue 21-Jul-15 22:22:05

You need to find out what they are calling full time. Im interviewing for a job tmorrow that was advertised as 35h pw and is considered full time.

MadameJulienBaptiste Tue 21-Jul-15 22:25:24

Your current job you are paid to work 30 hours.
Tea breaks are unheard of - I just make a brew and drink it at my desk.
I work 24 hours a week. Mon tue wed 9.30 till 3 with no break at all, small sandwich at my desk held in one hand while still typing.
thurs I do a full day 9 -5.30 on that day I take half hour break but no tea breaks.
I would be very surprised indeed if your new job has set paid breaks let alone be able to swap them for a shorter day.

itsnothingoriginal Tue 21-Jul-15 22:26:07

I work 22.5 hrs a week. It does depend on whether you have core hours as to how you can work across the week ime.

I've worked it several different ways as my employer is pretty flexible - currently 3 days a week.
But have also worked two half days of 3.45 hrs and two full days of 7.5 hrs to accommodate childcare.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Tue 21-Jul-15 22:28:09

Try and shave your break down to 30mins - an hour?! Thats a silly length of time to be sat around.

MadameJulienBaptiste Tue 21-Jul-15 22:30:26

Best to wait until interview stage and ask what hours over what days the employer is looking at - you might have to fit round someone else's hours or be available to cover at certain times.

lougle Tue 21-Jul-15 22:30:40

9-2 wouldn't have a lunch break at all. It would be 9-2 with no mandatory break.

To fit into 4 days you'd have to do an extra 1hr 15 minutes each day. But then that would push you over 6 hours, so you'd have to have a 20 minute rest break (but it can't be taken by reducing your shift). That means you'd have to work at least 6 hrs 35 minutes per day. So 9-3.35.

For a 3 day week you'd be looking at 8 hrs 40 minutes per day (8 hours 20 minutes plus a 20 minute break). So 9-5.40.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Tue 21-Jul-15 22:33:28

They may tell ypu what they want rather than the other way around. They may wantyou 5 hrs a day (no break) 5 days a week which would be a no no for me.

Id rather three days, 8.5 hrs (with .5 of that as lunch) for two of the days and 9.5hrs (with .5 of that as lunch) for the third.

chairmeoh Tue 21-Jul-15 22:43:19

I work 9.30-2.30 5 days a week, with a 30 min unpaid lunch break, so 22.5 paid hours.
I'm lucky in that my employer allows me to work 3 days per week during school hols, ie 9-5 with 30 minute unpaid break. This gives me 2 days a week where I dont need to find childcare.

burntthesprouts Wed 22-Jul-15 00:28:29

Thanks all - yes in all my working life I' ve never worked anywhere with tea breaks before - it's a customer service role in a University. So yes have been spoiled but it's only a year's contract and over soon. I have no idea whether I will have any say in the hours I work even if I do get the job (which is actually quite unlikely!) But I would like to work part-time so it's good to hear what the rules are in terms of breaks etc. I'd prefer to squeeze it into 4 days so that I get a day to myself but I might have to work round opening hours and do some weekend work too.

flowery Wed 22-Jul-15 08:19:31

If it says 25 hours then the working hours will be 25 hours, and to be honest I wouldn't spend too much time trying to work out how you might work them over 3/4 days, or whether you might be able to reduce breaks to have a shorter day. None of that might be an option, it might be entirely fixed.

Littlef00t Sat 25-Jul-15 20:25:15

I do 25 hours across 4 days. 8:45-3:45 (6.5) on 3 days then 8:45-2:45 (5.5) on the last. I take a 30 min lunch each day but have flexitime so if I do any extra I take it off my short say and leave early.

The early day means I have 2 hours without dd under my feet for shopping, cleaning or chilling.

ACSlater Wed 29-Jul-15 20:01:06

I think you're confusing working hours with hours at work. I work full time 9-5 so I'm there 40 hours but work 37.5.

They're wanting you to work 25 so if you did 4 days it would be 6 and a quarter hours a day working, so you'd have to have a break and be at work 6 hours 45 minutes.

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