Job share & Job split

Two people do one job and split the hours, or one job is split into two components which two different people take forward. For this pattern, when a job is split, each of the two work streams can constitute a full-time or part-time position. Please see below for examples of this working pattern in action.

Sue-Beaumont Staite

Sue-Beaumont Staite

Senior Policy Advisor

Employer: Civil Service, Cabinet Office
Sector: Public Sector

“Since the birth of my first child in 2008 I have been able to balance a career I am passionate about with spending quality time with my family by taking advantage of job sharing, a form of flexible working which I think is still underutilised yet has enormous benefits for both the employer and the employee.

I have worked with two different job share partners and both times I have been able to work the first three days of the working week with my job share partner working the later three days. This enabled us to have a ‘cross-over’ day in the office where we could catch up and discuss work priorities.

As a working mum with a long commute I found working as a job share not only meant that I wasn’t coming back into work at the start of the week to an overwhelming inbox but it also enriched the work I delivered and my job satisfaction – there is truth in the old adage that ‘two heads are better than one’. In both of my job share roles I have enjoyed being able to bounce ideas off someone else and take on board any differing perspectives and ideas they might have. It definitely improved our productivity, creativity and commitment to success in that role. It also enabled us to balance a stretching job with caring commitments.”

Penelope Rees and Sam Monck

Penelope Rees and Sam Monck

Sector: Transport

Part time

Jointly leading a portfolio of more than 1500 projects across Transport for London and local borough roads, Penelope and Sam will oversee £0.8bn of investment over the next five years. They are focused on making London a safer, happier environment for all, delivering investments which directly contribute to the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy objectives. Amongst their achievements is the delivery of the Safer Junctions programme. Penelope and Sam became job share partners after Penelope was seconded to cover Sam’s role when he was managing another programme. For Penelope, this delivers a fulfilling career alongside caring for her two children; for Sam, the opportunity to balance his work with other passions, such as sculpture.

Sam White and Will McDonald

Sam White and Will McDonald

Group Public Policy and Sustainability Director

Employer: Aviva
Sector: Financial Services

Sam: “It’s useful to have a second brain and we often spark ideas off one another. We work well together and we get on. We sometimes think in different ways, so it can be great to get an alternative perspective.”

Will: “We hear a lot about flexible working, but I see it differently. Non-standard hours are not ‘flexible’ – it’s the 9-5, five-days-a-week kind of hours that are inflexible. If we can move away from set thinking about how and when we work, we create more opportunities for everyone.”

Sam: “When we took on this role we made a conscious decision to be advocates and role models for flexibility. We are no less ambitious or any less committed because we are choosing to do a job-share. We have a big role and a strategy to deliver. This isn’t a case of us ‘leaning out’ – it’s a trade-off for a period of time with our families. Flexibility is integral to modern business. Good people will leave if it isn’t there.”

Shelagh Muir and Jane Maciver

Shelagh Muir and Jane Maciver

Sector: Manufacturing

Responsible for the R&D function of Unilever’s £1.5bn Oral Care business, Shelagh and Jane lead a team of 140 people, with seven directors, across multiple global locations. They are accountable for everything from breakthrough oral care research through to the introduction of new products into the factory for production. They have launched numerous innovative products, brought several disruptive technologies to the market and implemented strategic change initiatives to support the ongoing growth of their part of the business. The first VP level job share at Unilever, Shelagh and Jane designed their partnership to allow them more time outside of work for their personal interests and passions. They spend their crossover day working on strategic R&D initiatives.

Louise Dowling

Louise Dowling

Project Manager

Employer: Ross Project Management and Civil Engineering Services LLP
Sector: Engineering

“Since before our children were born, my husband and I have had our own business providing project management services to construction industry clients. Having grown up in a large traditional family, but with firm equality of status between my parents, I am very grateful to have had a parent at home, and was determined that parenting wasn’t going to take second place to our working lives.

For us, the solution has been that I have found a job share with two other contract professional mothers returning to work. A key success factor is that our client has realised the benefit of letting us all work the same part-time hours. This is essential in collaborating to deliver the role as we have different areas of expertise. We each offer 25 to 35 hours per week, depending on the workload, so we provide a very flexible resource. Core hours for all of us are during school time, so we have the opportunity to do the school runs and be at home after school.

School holidays require careful planning and we ensure that two of us are working whenever possible. My husband works from home one day per week, allowing me essential catching up time, and I can log in remotely when deadlines loom. This has proved a very resilient work model for us.”

Kirsty Sadler and Dahlia Nahome

Kirsty Sadler and Dahlia Nahome

Global Directors of Unreasonable Equals

Employer: Anomaly
Sector: Marketing

““Our jobpair is based on working two days a week, together.
Not splitting the time as a job share does.

This makes the most of our different perspectives on the issue of gender
equality, which is the focus of our work with Unreasonable Equals as we look
to accelerate the gender movement, independently and with clients, through
marketing, innovation and setting a positive example for different ways of
working.

The days are not fixed, so we flex to what works for us, our clients and the
agency each week and as two working mothers the pair set up means we
support each other in our work. It has also helped drive more conversation
about flexible ways of working across the agency and with clients, which has
been a great thing.”

Karen Walker

Karen Walker

Senior Supplies People Manager

Employer: Greggs
Sector: Retail

“I would have lost a team member if myself or the business had not been open to the possibility of her working with a job share partner; as a line manager it was a huge benefit to be able to retain her. They complement each other and work really well together.

A major benefit is having cover on site all through the year, and they are both really flexible and able to attend meetings on a non-working day if necessary.”

Jonathan Curtiss and Lea Paterson

Jonathan Curtiss and Lea Paterson

Head of HR

Employer: Bank of England
Sector: Finance

At the Bank of England, flexible working is available across the organisation. Our job share works as it allows us both the time to focus on other commitments and develop new skills. /wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Jonathan-Curtis.jpg

Jonathan Aspinwall

Jonathan Aspinwall

Deputy Editor, BBC Breakfast

Employer: BBC Breakfast
Sector: Media & Entertainment/Creative

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“I do a job share with the other Deputy Editor on BBC Breakfast. We work ‘set’ days, we’re on call and we’re also flexible when there’s breaking news.

We adopted two children and it has given me crucial time to get them settled into our family and support them during a key time in their development. I’m having a go at writing a TV drama script and I’m able to spend more time with my Dad who has been ill.

As our job share, our boss gets two perspectives for roughly the price of one role! The work / life balance means that we spend more times in our communities – we can bring back audience insights, which helps the programme. We’re less stressed, more focused and more efficient at our jobs.”

Clare Ely and Jane Beacon

Clare Ely and Jane Beacon

Sector: Creative

Clare and Jane are jointly responsible for over 3,000 hours of television a year, including Good Morning Britain, Loose Women, Tipping Point and The Chase. Their role involves commissioning new shows as well as ensuring that long-running favourites continue to captivate their audiences. Clare and Jane have worked together for 25 years, and have previously produced flagships shows including Dancing on Ice and This Morning. They joined ITV as Commissioning Editor as a job share partnership and were promoted to Head of Daytime with the same arrangement. Between them, they have four young children, and chose to work fewer hours in order to maximise the time they can spend with their growing families.

Ceri Roberts

Ceri Roberts

Supplies People Manager

Employer: Greggs
Sector: Retail

“I started a formal job share in my role as Supplies People Manager in January 2016, although the first six months were undertaken as a trial to ensure that the arrangement worked for all parties involved.

I remain highly motivated and engaged and I certainly have an increased sense of loyalty to the company for giving me this great opportunity. Sharing your role with someone means that you make a commitment to communicate and to trust!”

Caroline Wood

Caroline Wood

Head of Media

Employer: Royal Mencap Society
Sector: Voluntary

Flexitime

“I returned to work after a two year break to focus on my children and it was harder than I’d anticipated. There was a real lack of options for my level, which offered any kind of flexibility, but then a job came up at Mencap, who are a very progressive employer.

I found someone that I jelled with and we decided to job share – a completely new concept to me. It’s great for employers as you effectively get two heads for the price of one. My job share partner and I work fixed days each week, but we have built in flexibility so that we can respond to business and personal needs when they arise.

She is currently on maternity leave so I am working full-time, but flexibly, so that two days a week I can pick my boys up from school. Full-time felt daunting at first, but Mencap genuinely puts the needs of its employees first, trusts them to be professionals and get the work done. That approach has made all the difference and I’m surprised more employers haven’t cottoned on to the fact that a better work/life balance ultimately makes people more productive.

You have to be very organised, but it’s incredibly empowering and my team has adjusted well. They know that I am available if something crucial comes up, but they respect the time I need to spend with my children. As well as being more focused and efficient at work, it’s been really positive for mine and my family’s wellbeing. My husband and I didn’t want to perpetuate old-fashioned gender stereotypes. We wanted our sons to grow up seeing us sharing parenting responsibilities alongside work, so that they experience gender equality as the social norm not the exception.”

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