Part-time work

Growing a flexible business

How do you grow a flexible start-up into a flexible middle-sized SME without losing something of the work culture that allowed the business to grow and prosper in the first place? It’s a big problem for start-ups who totally grasp the benefits of flexible working, but as they grow are forced to develop policies which Continue reading..

Doing more than one job: the new norm?

The number of people doing more than one job is increasing. For some it is the only way to get by in the current financial climate. Others find it gives them greater flexibility and more independence if they adopt what is referred to as a “portfolio career”. A recent survey found the number of people Continue reading..

You calling me un-committed?

A recent survey of employees by employment law and discrimination solicitors Doyle Clayton found 20% of staff think flexible and part-time workers are less committed than their colleagues, with Generation Y workers, aged 25 to 34, most likely to hold negative opinions. The perception of lack of commitment is one that persists and even if Continue reading..

A work revolution

We’ve all heard about the advantages of flexible working for employees and more recently there have been a number of companies emphasising the business benefits. But a recent report has highlighted the wider social advantages of new ways of working – from local economic regeneration to greater democracy and environmental benefits. The report entitled It’s Continue reading..

The most unusual seasonal jobs

Winter is a wonderful time of year, full of opportunities, goodwill and festive cheer. For some though, merely pulling out the Christmas CDs and putting up tinsel isn’t enough. This is the busiest time of year for many industries, and for seasonal workers, it’s a great opportunity to get cracking and get some extra money Continue reading..

Working mum guilt

Do you plead guilty to being a working mum? The issue of working mum guilt is the subject of many a survey or article in the media. Not a week passes when some celebrity or other does not ‘confess’ to feeling guilty that she works. Just recently it was Victoria Beckham’s turn… again. You wonder Continue reading..

Retail: working on the shop floor

Retail: working on the shop floor

Department stores, supermarkets, online boutiques: the retail industry has never been so diverse. Accounting for around 10% of all UK employment, it’s a major part of our economy and, despite recessions, looks set to continue to thrive. When it comes to career paths in the retail industry, options are manifold. From apprenticeships to graduate programmes, Continue reading..