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There are actually jobs that allow school holidays off as standard besides working in a school?

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Bbq1 · 29/09/2022 15:23

Following on from another thread where posters were saying that there are other jobs available that offer term time working. Is this right? If so, where/what are the jobs?

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SapphosRock · 29/09/2022 15:24

A lot of councils offer this. Check on your local council website.

WhatWouldHopperDo · 29/09/2022 15:29

My friend is a hospital HCA and she has a term time contract

Bayleaf25 · 29/09/2022 15:30

Some universities or colleges will allow term time only contracts particularly if working on the student support side of things.

KatherineofGaunt · 29/09/2022 15:31

Some civil service jobs enable you to condense your working time into term-time, I believe.

ChimChimeny · 29/09/2022 15:31

KatherineofGaunt · 29/09/2022 15:31

Some civil service jobs enable you to condense your working time into term-time, I believe.

Yes my friend used to do this

Hoppinggreen · 29/09/2022 15:31

Jobs for companies that supply schools - such as educational software etc

Blix · 29/09/2022 15:37

I was a civil servant until 2007. They were always a family friendly employer and I went part time when I had DC and then part year when they started school. So I effectively had 13 weeks unpaid leave a year. It was great. No idea whether this is still possible though.

Blix · 29/09/2022 15:38

Some civil service jobs enable you to condense your working time into term-time, I believe.

No condensing required. I was just paid pro rata.

lenalove · 29/09/2022 15:38

Some recruitment firms specialising in the education sector I think?

ditalini · 29/09/2022 15:41

Some NHS jobs will accommodate term time only working patterns.

Dixiechickonhols · 29/09/2022 15:44

Local Council. Not as of right but mechanism to apply for 20 days extra leave a year on top of already decent hols or term time only. Obviously depends on needs of role.

Paigeycakey · 29/09/2022 15:54

WhatWouldHopperDo · 29/09/2022 15:29

My friend is a hospital HCA and she has a term time contract

How long has she worked for the Trust to gain that type of contract? I've been in the trust 10 years and it's not a thing anymore unless you already had an old contract, one of the admins gets all the school hols off too.

Pippa12 · 29/09/2022 16:01

The NHS trust I work for used to offer term time contracts, but have been phased out, it’s not fair on the other staff who want school holidays off.

I did see a job advertised in a play centre today, 09:45-13:45 term time only. I actually thought that’d be perfect for somebody!

bettbburg · 29/09/2022 16:03

Pippa12 · 29/09/2022 16:01

The NHS trust I work for used to offer term time contracts, but have been phased out, it’s not fair on the other staff who want school holidays off.

I did see a job advertised in a play centre today, 09:45-13:45 term time only. I actually thought that’d be perfect for somebody!

Surely it's fair as they would be unpaid holidays?

CollieWobble22 · 29/09/2022 16:05

Our local NHS, council, University and Colleges offer term time only. The college had an IT manager and Marketing Assistant role advertised recently that was term time only! So not just administration

sunshineflowerdaisy · 29/09/2022 16:07

Surely it's fair as they would be unpaid holidays?

It's fair on an individual level as they are paid accordingly etc but it doesn't make for a very happy team or one where people will retain staff if school holiday annual leave is even more restricted than it needs to be! Also, how do you run a service if everyone wants term time only. It's been totally phased out in my trust too, years ago.

ThatsGoingToHurt · 29/09/2022 16:07

In my job we get 25 days holiday plus bank holidays and we can buy 10 days extra holiday. We also get one day extra holiday per year of service up to 5 year. Next year I will have 26 day plus buy 10 extra so 36 days holiday so enough to cover 7 weeks of the school holidays. It’s relatively easy to get all the hols apart from the summer hols.

FormerlySpeckledyHen · 29/09/2022 16:12

NatWest used to in their contact centres. Might still have some historic contracts running.

Dixiechickonhols · 29/09/2022 16:13

bettbburg · 29/09/2022 16:03

Surely it's fair as they would be unpaid holidays?

Depends on levels of cover in team. If there’s AB & C and rule is 1 staff member off at a time if A works term time only B & C can never book school holiday leave which is unworkable.

Dixiechickonhols · 29/09/2022 16:14

A local biscuit factory had 10-2 term time shift - I guess they can plan production and probably get higher calibre staff who stay offering these hours.

Eeksteek · 29/09/2022 16:17

Hoppinggreen · 29/09/2022 15:31

Jobs for companies that supply schools - such as educational software etc

I have a blanket alert for term jobs locally, and nationally remote. The only thing that ever comes up is educational software, or educational psych. Maybe one or two a week. Its not common. The only other thing has been flu vaccines, which is in schools, but not support staff. If the NHS HR dept ever run out of hurdles for me to jump, I should be starting quite soon. It’s the best fit I’ve found for me so far. I’m kicking myself for not applying for and IT support role in educational software. It was perfect. 4 days home based, school hours in term-time. Monthly meetings somewhere an hour away. One day in the holidays. I didn't feel confident I could do it at the time, and let it slide, but the worst they could have said is no, and nothing like it has come up since.

Voerendaal · 29/09/2022 16:22

sunshineflowerdaisy · 29/09/2022 16:07

Surely it's fair as they would be unpaid holidays?

It's fair on an individual level as they are paid accordingly etc but it doesn't make for a very happy team or one where people will retain staff if school holiday annual leave is even more restricted than it needs to be! Also, how do you run a service if everyone wants term time only. It's been totally phased out in my trust too, years ago.

Can’t run a service when most staff are on annual leave at the same time regardless of it being paid or unpaid. Term time contracts discriminate against full time staff who are parents. Often it is nursing staff who want term time but it just is not fair on the rest of the staff. Nursing especially in acute areas is 24/7 which includes Xmas day (shock horror).
And I am speaking as someone who had to give up my full time senior nursing post when my husband died. As I need school holidays and weekends off to be with my children I now work on a zero hours bank nurse contract. Term time contract would be nice but I would not be comfortable with it.

BeanieTeen · 29/09/2022 16:22

Baby sensory activities often don’t run during the holidays.

Raidtheice · 29/09/2022 16:27

DH and I both work in the public sector and both know colleagues on term time only contracts. It does depend on the job, department and how much the supervision like you TBH.

We have both worked in our jobs for a long time and have over 60 days leave between us. DH also has non-working days in the week. So between us both, we are able to cover holidays with leave.

MindatWork · 29/09/2022 16:27

I think it’s as much about the type of employer as the type of role. I manage comms (website, pr, social media, design) for a conservation org but my official employer is a county council.

I do 3 days a week but have been told I can go onto term time hours when my dd starts
school next year’s. That last 3 roles we’ve recruited have all been advertised as term time if required - administrator, planning adviser and project manager.

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