"The world of work is changing; parents are having children later on in their career, we have an ageing working population and a generation of millennial managers with different values and work-life balance is a priority"
a potted history of Jobsharing
Whilst there has been Jobsharing in roles in the UK since 1940's, it would be true to say that Jobsharing or "Twinning" as it was originally known remained relatively unknown with Local Authorities and schools being amongst the first to try the schemes.
1970 saw the introduction of the Equal Pay Act - equal pay for equal work and then in 1975, maternity rights for women came into play.
In the late 1980's the concept of Jobsharing was pushed in the private sector by ambitious career women who wanted to progress their career and enjoy family life. This was supported in 1987 by Education Secretary Kenneth Baker to encourage more women to return to teaching.
Ten years later in 1997, the right to request flexible working was introduced by Labour.
Today, Jobsharing is used successfully as a solution primarily for parents.
Its' prevalence in schools amongst teachers is increasing and high profile case studies in public and private sector are regularly sited. These include the Directors of Strategy at the Department of BIS, Delloite, Lloyds of London, Eversheds, Unilever, KPMG and The Civil Service.
In June 2014 the right to request to work flexibly was extended to all employees whereas it had previously been limited to parents.
In April 2015 the right to share parental leave has been introduced.
Despite the success of senior level Jobshares, it remains the least popular of the flexible working options with a take up of only 1%.
"Improved productivity, continuity, energy and engagement are some of the benefits Jobsharers experience. Our research suggests that poor awareness of these benefits within organisations and a lack of belief that organisations support it are amongst the key barriers to Jobsharing, despite 38% of employees saying they would consider it if their employer offered it!.
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