The 2013 Power Part Time List

Thursday, 5 December 2013, 8:23 | Category : General
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George and I are thrilled to announce our inclusion in this year’s Power Part Time List. Published exclusively in today’s Financial Times, it celebrates 50 UK ‘trailblazers’ across professions who are continuing to break the mould by embracing a successful part time career.

The 2013 Power Part Time list has been put together by the Timewise Foundation, a leading social business that champions the social and business benefits of creating good quality flexible working opportunities. Co-founder Karen Mattison MBE built the list to ‘shine a light’ on modern day patterns of work, after taking nominations from all round the UK. Mattison aims to de-mystify the process of climbing the career ladder, while working flexibly.

We’re in good (amazing!) company. This year’s list includes celebrity chef Thomasina Miers, Carrie Longton of Mumsnet fame and James Boardwell, CEO of Folksy. From the quirky to the traditional, this initative is proof that whatever career you choose, it is possible to continue up that ladder while having a fulfilling personal life. While the list is dominated by women who are working flexibly to the hilt around their families, it also includes men who are challenging the status quo.

The list is important because it taps into so many current trends which are changing the way we work and live. From bold new government policies around parental leave through to the advent of new virtual working technologies, it’s becoming possible and acceptable to have a part time career – not just a “job”.

There’s more to be done, particularly to support workers with young families as they battle childcare and other logistical issues which combine to make working seem like an impossible challenge. There are some brilliant ideas coming over from the US such as on-site creches, career breaks and tax schemes. We need more of these in the UK, please, as well as an understanding of the benefits of job shares – two qualified, talented and keen staff for the price of one, anyone?

We knew that continuing in our chosen profession of PR in our child-rearing years was not tenable if we worked for other people on their terms. So, we decided to go it alone. In 2005 we set up our own PR business to operate a 50/50 job share and work part time – but full on! We’ve also been pleased to be able to support many fellow PR professionals embark on a successful part time career as part of our network. They get to work with great brands in a flexible way that fits with their lives, rather than the old fashioned way of life fitting around work.

Our own experience working part time has thrown up challenges along the way – we’re a growing business – but having time away from work to focus on other parts of life gives perspective, space and appreciation of it all.

Nicky & George – Proud to be Part Time since 2005





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