Social care employers value part-time workers

    Social care employers are better than many other sectors in
    their treatment of part-time workers, public sector union Unison
    believes.

    Owen Davies, national officer for local government at Unison, said
    most social care employers recognised that part-time workers, most
    of whom are women, are a key element in care service
    provision.

    It follows a report published by the Equal Opportunities Commission
    showing many part-timers are underpaid, their skills are not fully
    used and they are rarely offered promotion.

    “Good social services employers understand that part-time workers
    can form the backbone of a flexible and responsive service,” said
    Davies.

    “Some social services departments have brought in flexible working
    arrangements allowing people with other responsibilities, such as
    child care, to fit their job around these.

    “Others are less forward-looking and we occasionally hear from
    women who feel discriminated against.”

    • Part Time Is No Crime – So Why the Penalty? from:
      www.eoc.org.uk

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