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UK – Senior part-timers ashamed of admitting working status

14 June 2012

A new survey published today shows that 650,000 people in the UK are working part-time earning at least £40,000 a year but the majority try to keep their status under the radar.

The jobsite Timewise, which surveyed senior part-time workers and also analysed data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), found that the majority of people in the UK avoid referring to themselves as part-time workers, including 39% of workers earning £40,000 a year and 67% of those getting paid more than £75,000.

One in seven respondents (14%) said they also tried to hide their part-time status letting colleagues assume they work full-time hours. The reason behind people pursuing part-time work differs and 30% said they do so because they enjoyed working fewer hours while 29% said working part-time allows them to look after children. 

But 41% of respondents complained that part-time work is often perceived negatively although 90% said they were happy with hitting their career goals and succeeding in their jobs.

Yet around a quarter (24%) are concerned that part-time work could give them a bad label as people could presume they are not committed enough to their careers while almost 1 in 10 are worried that it could impact their chances of a promotion.

Interestingly, the study also revealed that the vast majority of people in the UK (71%) do not believe that part-time workers can build a senior career. 

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