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Discover the benefits of job sharing

Nearly two-thirds of women working in senior roles would welcome the option of job sharing, according to research conducted by campaign group Working Families and consultants Capability Jane.

Many of the women surveyed felt that a job-share arrangement would still enable them to advance in their careers while allowing them to benefit from the reduced hours of a part-time role. In addition to easing the pressures of childcare and supporting better work-life balance, the option to job share was cited by 90 per cent of respondents as potentially being a factor in whether they would stay in or leave an organisation.

Job-sharing can bring a range of benefits for employers and employees alike. Two people can bring a wider range of skills and experience to a role and can contribute new ideas and working approaches. Job-sharing has also been shown to improve retention and absence cover, and can help keep teams energised and motivated by creating a stimulating environment.

Nevertheless, job sharing does require a high degree of organisation and commitment on all sides, and communication and flexibility are key to making any arrangement work. Employers can also be tough to convince. The research found that many job sharers felt they had to go 'the extra mile' to prove that it can be an effective and commercially viable way of working.

Acas provides support for employers through training in the implementation of family-friendly work practices and a range of useful resources on all aspects of flexible working in our pdf  Advice leaflet - The right to apply for flexible working (for requests made before 30 June 2014) [154kb].

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