Job share is a full-time role undertaken by two or more employees. Each employee is paid and earns leave entitlements proportionate to the part of the role they complete. They can be at the same level or paired vertically.

The NSW Government supports job share because it has so many benefits. For employees, it unlocks access to quality part-time work and career opportunities, while their days off are genuine days off. For employers, it creates a larger potential pool of talent, doubles access to skills and knowledge, provides full coverage in a role and increases productivity.

As a sector, it can help us to achieve our goal of looking like the community we serve by broadening the workforce participation opportunities available.

How job share can help your agency

  • manage transitions to retirement for an ageing workforce
  • succession plan by pairing someone experienced with someone on the way up (vertical job share)
  • attract a younger workforce who may want a portfolio career to pursue entrepreneurial passions
  • provide quality, stimulating roles to people who need to work part-time for any reason, such as caring or community commitments, or managing ongoing health conditions
  • provide a solution for those hard-to-fill roles where you need a multiskilled person, for example, the programmer who is also great at networking with clients.

Designed and managed properly, almost any role can be job shared. But how do people make it work? First, start with your own knowledge base. Here’s a guide for HR and recruiters on how to manage job share through the employment lifecycle.

HR & Recruiters Job Share Guide

How to manage job share through the employment lifecycle.

Job share communications toolkit

To help you plan your communications, messaging and promotion of Job Share in your agency including raising awareness of its benefits. The toolkit contains suggested text for web, newsletters, social media and executive messaging, and images and banners.

Job Share Communications Toolkit

Promotional videos for job share

Drawn from the platform launch, featuring the PSC Commissioner on why the NSW Government supports job share, Michelle Wood and Liz Moore, leading sector executives on how they make their job share work, and vox pops from participants (see above to download for your own agency use).