Job Sharing And The Benefits For Employers

14th Jun 2022

What is job sharing?

Job sharing is a flexible working arrangement where two or more employees share the workload and pay of a full-time role. 

In the last six months, there has been an incredible 397% increase in our candidates stating that they are looking for roles offering job-sharing opportunities. 

Most roles can be split into a job share. However, there need to be guidelines in place for it to work successfully. Things include excellent communication, a plan for dividing workload, setting goals, and measuring success. When implemented correctly, there are many advantages to job sharing; let’s take a look at some of them. 

Job sharing benefits for employers

Retain and attract the best talent

As an employer you will be able to retain and attract the best talent when full time work isn’t an option, due to commitments or preferences such as parental responsibilities, illness, disabilities, globetrotters, other personal reasons, or those who simply want some extra free time. As an employer you get to keep valued employees who might otherwise quit.

The Job Share Project reported that a staggering 87% of respondents said the ability to job share meant the difference between staying with a company and leaving.

Increased range of skills and experience 

‘two heads are better than one’. Job sharing allows for a more diverse range of skills and experience utilised in a single position.

High workload coverage 

When job sharing, the workload is shared across two people, making tasks easier to manage. This also helps to prevent employees from being stressed and overloaded, in turn you will have a more committed and motivated team.

Coverage for annual leave and sickness

When one employee is off sick or on annual leave, you would have some level of continuity with at least one employee managing the workload for the duration of the work week.

Reduction in per-employee income 

Job share positions are offered on a part time basis where two or more employees are fulfilling the responsibilities of one role, leading to a reduction in per-employee income.

Improve DEI and inclusivity 

According to equality human rights, 93% of non-workers would prefer to get a part-time or flexible job. For those who are unable to, or do not wish to work full time. Job sharing allows for inclusivity, whilst helping to boost DEI efforts.

What companies offer job sharing?

There are many UK50 companies that offer job sharing including HSBC, DWP, Ford and IBM.

We also have a number of Flexified companies who offer job sharing as a flexible working option including, Love Success, Tpp, Blip, Form3 and Deepset, alongside many others. 

68% of companies do not outwardly publicise their flexible working policies, do you want to be a part of the 32%?

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