As working patterns have become more flexible, job sharing has become a viable option for employees and, to some degree, for employers too.

In essence, two or more people do the work of one, so a 40-hour week might be divided 20:20, 16:24 or 8:32 depending on the arrangement. One person might work mornings while the other takes afternoons, or they might come in for whole days.

Each employee will take their respective portion of the “full” wage that would be awarded to one employee (learn more about National minimum wage here. Additional forms of remuneration such as pensions are usually similarly apportioned, although contracts will differ.

Job sharing gives employees more time off, a commodity that’s in short supply when raising a family or caring for relatives. Each participant is effectively working part-time.

For the employer, job sharing can have advantages too. It can bring two or more differing skill sets to one position, for example. It can also be a useful way of avoiding compulsory redundancies. Happier staff are often more productive, too.

Potential problems can come from ensuring both job-sharers are kept appraised of current issues and that they properly brief each other on hand-over.

Applications for job-sharing follow the same procedure as those for flexible working. Peninsula Business Services can provide advice and assistance on any aspect of job sharing applications. Contact us online today, call 0800 0282 420, or use our callback form to arrange for us to get in touch at a time that is convenient for you.