Part time has an image problem. It’s still seen as a nice-to-have concession made for working mums or a low-paid, menial career option. There’s an assumption that part-time workers lack commitment. And they’ll never make it to the top.
That’s wrong, says Karen Mattison, co-founder of Timewise and the Power 50 list, which showcases the UK’s most senior part-time and flexible workers. Mattison points to government figures which reveal that around a quarter of Britain’s workforce now work part-time – and around 850,000 are in the higher income bracket, up 10 per cent on the previous year. Meanwhile, instances of flexible working being offered in senior-level job ads has trebled in the past five years.
"Power part-timers are on the rise," she says."There's a growing army of ambitious, high-performing business leaders working part time, proving that flexibility and ambition are not mutually exclusive."