Many Australians are searching for part-time work. Victoria Bellino found it. Picture: AAP/Claudia Baxter
Many Australians are searching for part-time work. Victoria Bellino found it. Picture: AAP/Claudia Baxter

The hours workers really want

PART-time jobs are becoming increasingly common, and it seems this is what Aussie workers want.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows in the five years to February, 2018, full-time employment grew 4.3 per cent (356,200 jobs) and part-time employment grew 12.4 per cent (436,100 jobs).

Meanwhile, data from SEEK reveals "part time" was the third most-searched keyword on the job site last year - topped only by "manager" and "graduate".

Stillwell Management Consultants' Alexandra Rosser says she has noticed increased interest in part-time work as well as "portfolio careers", in which workers hold multiple part-time roles in different industries.

She says there has also been an increase in "encore careers", in which workers approaching retirement age seek a part-time role in a new industry that offers more leisure time than they previously had.

Recruiter Alexandra Rosser says there are lots of appeals of part-time work. Picture: Mike Burton
Recruiter Alexandra Rosser says there are lots of appeals of part-time work. Picture: Mike Burton

"The primary benefit of part-time work is that it gives a worker more time to fulfil other roles or demands, such as looking after children or other relatives, or to pursue activities such as study, training, volunteer work, or ... sporting and recreational activities," Rosser says.

"I have also seen some workers elect to work part time for health preservation reasons."

She says part-time work is common in industries characterised by irregular and extended hours such as retail, hospitality and tourism but is also increasingly seen in those under pressure to deliver 24/7 service such as banking, and sport, recreation and personal services.

'Part time' was in the top five search terms for almost half of job categories (13 out of 30) on SEEK.

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It was the most-searched term among people wanting roles in farming, animals and conservation; and self employment.

It also ranked highly in accounting; administration; advertising, arts and media; banking; call centre and customer service; community services and development; hospitality and tourism; human resources; marketing and communications; retail and consumer products; and sports and recreation.

Goodlife Health Clubs' Victoria Bellino says part-time work suits her well.

Victoria Bellino works part time at Goodlife in Brisbane. Picture: AAP/Claudia Baxter
Victoria Bellino works part time at Goodlife in Brisbane. Picture: AAP/Claudia Baxter

As group fitness manager, she is in charge of the instructors and timetables for Brisbane's Queen St gym but the flexibility of this role allows her to also train instructors and teach group fitness classes on the side.

"Management has always been of interest because I believe in what I do and the industry I work in so it's enjoyable and helps me succeed in my role," Bellino says.

"Helping my staff and department succeed and successfully reach goals and targets is what I enjoy.

"When there are deadlines it can be tricky working part time so I end up doing a few extra hours from home if I need to."

Across all job categories, the most searched key words on SEEK last year, in order, were: manager, graduate, part time, administrator, project manager, retail, junior, sales, casual, and electrician.

“Electrician” also made the top 10 search terms on SEEK. Picture: iStock
“Electrician” also made the top 10 search terms on SEEK. Picture: iStock

5 WAYS TO REFINE YOUR SEEK SEARCH

USE THE FILTERS

When searching for roles on seek.com.au, if selecting just your job category and location returns too many results, hit the "more options" tab to refine further. You can specify a work type - such as full time or temporary - or a salary bracket, or a listing date range.

USE 'AND'

Placing 'AND' in all caps between two keywords asks the search engine to return only the results that include both of those exact words. For example, retail AND Aldi. This should only return retail jobs at Aldi.

USE 'OR'

This will broaden the search result. Using 'OR' between two words ensures the results are not limited to only those with both key words.

USE 'NOT'

If you wish to exclude certain roles or employers, add 'NOT' between two words. For example, programmer NOT helpdesk. This will return programmer roles but exclude any listings that include the keyword 'helpdesk'.

USE QUOTATION MARKS

Be more specific about what you want by grouping phrases with quotation marks. For example, "sales representative". Quotation marks can also be used alongside AND, OR and NOT functions.

 

READ MORE JOBS NEWS IN THE CAREERS SECTION OF SATURDAY'S THE COURIER-MAIL, THE HERALD SUN, THE ADVERTISER, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH.


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