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What is a part-time job?

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Generally speaking, most employees in Australia are hired as one of the following types:

  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time
  • Casual

Full-time employees average 38 hours per week of work which is typically Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Casual employees usually work irregular hours, are not entitled to the usual annual & sick leave entitlements and there is no guarantee of future work.

However, a Part-Time employee is someone who simply works less than 38 hours per week on average but does have a guarantee of future work and is entitled to annual & sick leave (pro-rata). Their contract can either be for a fixed period of time or be permanent but they usually work the same hours/days each week, or at least have a contracted minimum amount of hours they can expect to work each week. For more help in defining where your employee sits see the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website here

What does a Part-Time job look like?

There are many reasons why you as an employer may need a Part-Time employee as opposed to a Full-Time employee and here are a few examples of what that might look like:

  • Less than 5 days per week
  • Fewer than 38 hours per week
  • During school hours (e.g. 9:30am-3pm)
  • Casual and seasonal jobs
  • Job share arrangements (2 people in same role each working Part-Time)
  • Only during school term (i.e. school holidays off)
  • Working from home opportunities
  • Flexible/family friendly arrangements (e.g. flexible start/finish times, flexible hours)
  • Locum positions (e.g. Parental Leave contracts)
  • 9-day fortnight roles
  • Shift work/night work positions
  • Suitable for people studying
  • Fixed term contracts
  • Volunteer positions
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Advertising a Part-Time job

Our website has been specifically developed with Part-Time jobs in mind and as such as do not advertise Full-Time vacancies on our website, but you are welcome to advertise a Casual position.