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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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We both initially found it really hard being in a job share, starting a project but not necessarily seeing it through to the end.
* Can you afford to job share? Consider the financial implications of reducing your salary.
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."
WE may be used to job shares in the office but actor Tristan Sturrock is now trying it on stage.
They took a career break to give their own children a good start and now they find that they cannot get part-time teaching, a job share or a permanent post.
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.
Mrs Williams said she had thought long and hard about the request but decided a job share in the position of PR manager was too "complicated" and would not work.
But with the job share facility, such highly-trained personnel will not be lost to the company.
Ms Harman, 58, is also leader of the House of Commons and Minister for Women, and MPs say being party chairman is too important to be done as a "job share".
TWO people are to job share the management of a major aid charity in Wales.
A quarter of Karen's staff now job share their position while fewer than a quarter work after 5pm and around three quarters work part time to balance home and work life.