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Well paid part-time work - does it exist?

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Zil131 Thu 04-Jun-09 10:31:18

OK, maybe I’m being naive, and I’m sure it’s been discussed before, but do part time jobs exist which pay 20-25k pro-rata (or more!)? I know the ideal is to get a full time job and go part time; but I am being made redundant, so do not have that option.
I can’t seem to find anything in the job market which is part time and pays more than around 18k. This is less than I would pay in nursery fees for two kids, so there is no point in me going to work….
Is it really a case of full time or nothing? I’m a qualified accountant, but seem to only have the choice of basic clerical / admin work if I want to work part time.
I don’t really want to be a full time SAHM, as I love the challenge and adult diversions that working provides.
What do other MNs do to make ends meet if working part-time??

rookiemater Thu 04-Jun-09 10:40:59

I think that very few part time jobs are advertised its a question of finding an organisation that suits then negotiating with them.

I have a few friends that are qualified accountants that work part time, granted they have gone from f/t to p/t but it does seem to be a job that you can do on reduced hours. It if were me I would apply for any suitable f/t roles and then discuss working patterns at interview or when offered the role. Alternatively may be worth circulating your CV. In these cost cutting times firms may be interested in acquiring your skills without the associated cost of a full time employee.

LyraSilvertongue Thu 04-Jun-09 10:44:15

My job is about £32k pro rata but then I worked there full time before having children. I now do 1 or 2 days per week. It would be difficult to find something like that without having worked full time first, I think.

xfabba Thu 04-Jun-09 10:49:22

I agree - everyone I know who has pulled it off stayed at the same company and then went pt under the flexible working policy when came back from mat leave - why I am in a crap job in a crap company I hate, but 4 day pro rate'd salary. Would love to move but not sure how to pull it off either - I thiink I will apply for ft and then mention at interview.

aideesmum Thu 04-Jun-09 10:59:16

Have you ever considered starting a business from home doing various company/ individual's accounts?
I am in the same position as you as been made redundant. Fortunately I have found a part time role working from home but when I am fully qualified I am seriously considering starting my own business from home to work around school hours etc.
You're right that there are very few part time roles advertised.
Just a thought for you smile

AMumInScotland Thu 04-Jun-09 10:59:58

Have you looked at jobs in civil service, council etc? Many of their jobs are advertised in a way that says they will always consider part-time and/or job share, and if you convince them at the interview that you have the skills they are looking for, they may be flexible about the working pattern.

I got my current (civil service) job that way - they were advertising 2 posts, but actually had enough funding to take 2-and-a-half so I got to do it part-time as well as the fulltimers they took on. And it was the full rate pro-rata'd, not the usual low part-time pay that's common in a real "part time" position.

fledtoscotland Thu 04-Jun-09 11:45:38

I work in the NHS and earn about £34k pro rata so earn a semi-decent wage for 18hrs a week. however I have got a few years experience so its not just something you can do without training/degree/registration/5+yrs experience

Karam Thu 04-Jun-09 12:23:50

Teaching is full of part timers, who work pro-rata. I'm on 30K pro rata... but there is a lot of unpaid hours at home!

trixymalixy Thu 04-Jun-09 13:52:56

I am also a qualified finance professional who is being made redundant.

I am going to apply for full time jobs and ask if I can go part time if I am successful at interview and if not wait until I have been there for the 6 months until I can apply for part time working.

I don't see that there is any other way to do it as you'll be waiting a long time for part time finance positions to be advertised.

Zil131 Fri 05-Jun-09 13:40:42

Thanks All.
I have to admit I had always thought that the only chnce of a decent PT role was to satrt from a FT,and it seems that's right. I guess I just need to choose my employer carefully next time. Currently in a fast paced male dominated environment, so I'll aim for Public Sector or more family friendly next time!

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