Term-time working & full-time part year

Working a particular number of weeks per year on either a full or part-time basis. For this pattern, non-working time is generally scheduled at regular, planned periods which are accounted for by a combination of annual leave and unpaid leave. Designated working weeks will normally coincide with busy periods for the business, school terms or Parliamentary sitting periods. Please see below for examples of this working pattern in action.

Steve McCullough

Steve McCullough

Consultant

Employer: Deloitte
Sector: Professional Services

Term-time working & full-time part year

“I used the firm’s Time Out programme, to take up a once in a lifetime opportunity – to be an extra on the final season of the award winning fantasy TV series – Game of Thrones. I have been an extra in the series for the last seven years but having joined Deloitte in 2015 I knew it would be challenging to find time to continue filming. Thankfully, the firm fully supported me and I was able to take on the role.

All partners and employees at Deloitte can request a four-week block of unpaid extra leave each year, to be taken at a time that suits them and the business.”

Sara Abbonizio

Sara Abbonizio

Policy Lead, Women's Leadership

Employer: Civil Service, Cabinet Office
Sector: Public Sector

Term-time working & full-time part year

“I work full-time, but there are two weeks a year I don’t work. I take these in August when both Houses of Commons and Lords are typically on recess, so it’s generally a quieter period for my team. This pattern means our family can spend dedicated time together over the summer and also that my partner and I can cover most of the school holidays between us. We don’t have any family living nearby, so this is important to us. My working week involves working from home two days a week when I can be around for school drop-off and pick-up and also that all important networking with parents and teachers.

My partner works a similar pattern, so we only need childcare for one day a week. The key to making this pattern work is good communication, organisation and the technology that’s available today. I submitted a business case after thinking through the requirements on the work and home front and then discussing these with my manager. There’s inevitably a period of adjustment with a new pattern, but these challenges can be worked through in a collaborative environment and the benefits are significant. I feel lucky to have a pattern that enables me to do a rewarding job, while not missing out on quality time with my children as they grow-up.”

Faith Pullen

Faith Pullen

European Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

Employer: Mars Incorporated
Sector: Food and Beverages

Term-time working & full-time part year Part time

“Over the years I have used; part time hours, flexible hours, a sabbatical and term time working. Currently I work 22.5 hours per week; 2 standard days and 2 short school hour days, with flexibility over which days these are, along with 4 weeks extended parental leave in the school summer holidays.

Of course there are occasions when I need to flex and catch up things later, but all my colleagues and managers are very supportive. When I’m working I’m able to fully commit without guilt, and thrive on the different challenges of my work versus personal role. An unexpected benefit of flexible working has been strengthening of skill set, it has focused development of prioritization, decision making, communication and delegation.

Supporting such a flexible working pattern and supporting me to take time away on sabbatical whilst a bold and brave move for Mars, is also common across the business, and has also required me to take some risks and be flexible on the career path I’ve taken but I’ve been lucky that the people and company have let me demonstrate that this works across a number of roles; UK, Global and European, both within my area of expertise and encouraging me to grow and develop in a new function and to maintain a successful career path.”

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