Things To Consider
It’s important to work out a working pattern that fits with your childcare arrangements. There are lots of options - five short days, three full days, compressed hours, working from home etc.
This is something which you should be able to work out with your potential employer during the offer process but resources such as Flexibility and Mother Pukka have some excellent materials to refer to.
You should always be offered what your salary would be as a full-time personnel according to market value. If you’ve been out of the game for a while then our Salary Survey can help you identify this.
If you are going to be working anything other than the standard hours, then your contract will state the full-time salary followed by “pro rata”, meaning your pay will be adjusted to the hours you work.
To establish what this actually looks like based on the hours you’ll be working, follow the equation below:
- Full time salary / 52 / 40 (or standard hours for business) = hourly rate
- Hourly rate x your agreed number of weekly hours x 52 = pro-rata salary
Make sure you get a formal list of benefits including anything like childcare vouchers and family dentist/healthcare. It might not make or break your decision but it certainly helps to look at the whole picture.