Part-time and job sharing

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

Employers must treat part-time workers at least as well as full-time workers, unless the differential treatment can be justified objectively. This applies to:

  • hourly rates of pay
  • access to training and career development
  • pensions
  • maternity pay
  • annual leave
  • overtime pay for work outside normal working hours
  • redundancy pay.

Because many more women than men work part-time, unfair treatment of part-time workers may constitute indirect sex discrimination.

Temporary staff and employees who job share are also covered, as are workers who return to work part-time at a job they previously did full-time, such as after parental leave.

Find out more about part-time working.

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