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Part-time Employment—an Insight

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October 16, 2013

Sampurna Majumder

Sampurna Majumder

In the present times, Part-time jobs have become very popular and a sustainable source of income for millions across the world. The following post explores the domain of part-time employment.

Part-Time Jobs—an Overview

A form of employment that usually carries less work hours per week as compared to full-time jobs is referred to as a part-time job. Employers who put in less than 30-35 hours per week are considered part-time employees. However, at times it depends on the employer to a certain extent. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), in the last 20 years the number of part-time workers has increased to one-fourth to at least half in most of the developed countries. Even in the developing economies, the concepts of part-time jobs have become extremely popular. As per Convention number 175 of the ILO, it is a must that part-time workers are treated as favourably as full-time workers.

Any individual can opt to serve as a part-time employment. Such employers include students, homemakers, retired professionals and many others.

Part-time jobs can be categorized into several forms and these jobs are available in several industries with the retail and hospitality industries scoring the maximum. Of late, with the proliferation of the Digital Media, freelance jobs online jobs have become quite popular as Internet forayed into our living rooms.

Employers that hire part-time workers typically look out for employees who have a flexible scheduling. On the other hand, while seeking a part-time job, always take into consideration all your prior commitments so that you can divide your time and work accordingly; and also keep your respective employer informed about your schedule.

How do You Find a Part-Time Job?

Part-time jobs are open to all. From students to homemakers and even retired professionals can choose to work on a part-time basis. Sometimes employers choose to opt for part-time job seekers as they do not have to provide them with the stipulated benefits of a full-time employee. One can apply online or may approach in person.

Searching Online

Application of a part-time job can be done online. That is the best and the easiest way possible. Log onto the Internet and type in part-time online job search; several options will open up and you can browse through them carefully. As mentioned earlier, there is a galore of options in segments like hospitality and retail. However, these days part-time content writing jobs are available that can be completed online. Do check through these carefully and then apply.

Apply in Person

If you are not interested in trying the other options, you can apply in person especially for sectors like the retail and hospitality. This kind of step actually comes in handy if you do not have many connections through whom you can approach. Take a walk through your local supermarket; you will definitely come across boards hanging asking about openings. This is also applicable for seasonal employment. In these walking in directly is the best way out.

Very much in vogue, there are several benefits as well as drawbacks of a part-time job for both—employer and employee. Let’s explore them a little.

Benefits and Drawbacks –  the Employee Front

When it comes to the employee, flexibility is the biggest advantage. Because they work for comparatively less hours, they can find time for themselves and their families. Those who work for half-day can choose to work either in the first half or even in the second half.

On the other hand, one of the biggest drawbacks happens to be the lack of benefits that a full-time employee is entitled to such as medical insurance, sick leaves, travel allowances and other forms of allowances.

Benefits and Drawbacks –  the Employer Front

One of the biggest benefits of an employer is the low-employment cost since they do not have to provide the statutory benefits as that of a full-time worker. They can ask part-time workers to serve for more hours when business is high and cut down on the working hours when business is slow.

However, employers also put up with certain vagaries of part-time employment such as higher administrative cost. Most of the time they have to settle for workers who do not have prior experience and thus compromise a little on employers’ competency levels.

If taken seriously and performed with enough dedication, part-time jobs can turn out to be a great source of income and of course added as an experience in your resume.

Author Bio:Sampurna Majumder is a professional writer and a passionate blogger. Currently she is writing content for several websites such as that cover latest trends related to jobs and work related issues across the globe. The above post provides an insight into the realm of part-time employment opportunities.

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