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Job Sharing

The practice in which two or more persons work part-time in the same position that ordinarily one full-time person would fill. Job sharing may reduce employer costs as a company may not provide benefits to part-time employees. Likewise, it can be beneficial for employees with unusual scheduling needs. For example, parents of young children or persons active in religious communities may share jobs. However, it can be difficult, as lack of communication between the job sharers can cause problems for the company and reduce efficiency.

job sharing

the carrying out by two or more individuals between them of the duties of a particular JOB, each being paid pro rata according to the number of hours worked. For instance, two people might share a 40 hours per week job with each working 20 hours and each paid half the wage or salary attached to the post. The advantage to job sharers is that both may work part-time in jobs that are more highly paid than is usual for most PART-TIME jobs. It is more common for potential sharers to approach employers with a job-share package than for employers to initiate this form of working themselves. Employers are generally wary of job sharing because it can increase employment costs (for example INSURANCE payments), because the division of duties and responsibilities may be difficult to specify, and because the competencies of job sharers may be perceived as unbalanced.
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Applicants must be willing to work flexibly and have the necessary interpersonal, communication and case management skills to work effectively within this Job Share opportunity.
Of the department's 222 sworn employees, 11 job share.
We both love working as a job share and find this works really well for us.
For example, allowing executives to job share tells employees that performance matters more than counting an individual's work hours.
Critics of the job share said it would devalue the office of regional bishop and that it might harm contacts with the Roman Catholic Church, something discounted by Lutheran Church spokesperson Susanne Hassen.
He said: "Neither of us have any outside business interests, so taking on the role as a job share is totally about achieving a good balance of work and home life.
They each work three, 10-hour days, earn full benefits, and, because they job share, they get two days off.
Because we knew all along that the role would be a job share it has been created with a lot of flexibility," Tristan says.
I would even consider a job share, wages pro rata, of course
TWO people are to job share the management of a major aid charity in Wales.
He said: "This complaint initially had its origins in 1996 and since that time the force has made major changes to the whole policy area, in particular family-friendly working, job share and part-time arrangements.
At the time we did not say the job was either available or unavailable for job share.