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Part time roles...

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by CharlotteD9, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. CharlotteD9

    CharlotteD9 New commenter

    I'm an experienced teacher and currently on maternity leave. I want and need part time hours and ideally need to be at a school closer to home. I haven't yet spoken to my head, he has a reputation of losing good staff because he refuses them part time contracts. The school I'm currently at is 50mins away and I would rather be closer.
    The first few jobs that came up I emailed before applying to ask if they would consider part time and have been told no straight off. I want to check I'm doing this the right way round.
    Do I carry on emailing before I apply? Apply and then state it when asked to interview? Or ask at interview?
    I'm being refused before they even know how amazing I am ;-)
  2. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    As I understand it, the school you are currently employed by have to have a 'reasonable business reason' (or very similar words to that effect) to turn down a part time working request, it is not just a choice for them.

    That may help?
  3. CharlotteD9

    CharlotteD9 New commenter

    That's useful if I have to stay but I'd rather move to a school closer to reduce my travel time.
    Can anyone answer my moral dilemma of when to tell them I want part time?
  4. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    I have replied on another thread... the answer is to ask immediately and then consider chasing up any refusal as potential indirect sex discrimination with your union.
  5. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    In my locality it is clear on the adverts if they are looking for full time or part time and exactly hours or days worth and then usually application forms ask if you are applying for FT or PT or would you be prepared to job share or not. This would therefore lead me (personally) to only apply for the appropriate FT/PT that I was looking for or state I was interested in job share if asked.

    There are any number of reasons a school may only want a FT candidate and as long as there is a sound business reason they can demonstrate I am not sure you can claim it is indirect discrimination.
  6. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    You are quite right that there is no indirect discrimination if an employer can objectively justify requiring only a FT candidate.

    The OP has posted this problem on another thread, where I have answered in more detail.

    Any potential complaint of indirect sex discrimination will depend entirely on the facts of the specific situation. The incidence of pregnancy / maternity discrimination (and associated sex discrimination) is high in the workforce and it is always right to remind that the question of whether an action is potentially discriminatory should at least be considered.

    If schools are refusing PT as an option without even thinking about it, women are more likely to be disadvantaged by this and that would be unlawful. If she wishes and she thinks the facts might fit, she has the option of discussing it with her union or the Equality and Advisory Support Service.
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