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 your 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.
If your agency is keen to better support job share, we have a guide for you that will help People and Culture professionals to support the recruitment, management and development of job share. There’s also guides available for employees, managers and leaders, and a planning tool for job sharers to plan their arrangement.
We’ve also prepared some trouble-shooting videos you can post on your Intranet to help managers better understand job share, and a set of case studies of high-profile job share pairs working across the sector in a variety of roles and agencies.
There’s also a communications toolkit and videos you can use to promote it in your agency.
The PSC piloted a job share matching platform until June 2020, to make it easier for people interested in job share to find out more, meet other potential job sharers and see applicable roles advertised. It links potential job sharers with each other and provides them with some insight into their potential compatibility or areas they may need to work on. It also hosts resources for managers, HR teams and agency leaders on how to support and enable job share.
The following agencies participated in this pilot (note, titles do not reflect Machinery of Government changes announced in April 2019):
- Customer Service cluster
- Family and Community Services, Stronger Communities
- Industry, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
- Department of Premier and Cabinet
- Public Service Commission
- Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW
- Education (corporate division)
We’ve now worked with participating agencies, participants and examined our data to evaluate its effectiveness . The evidence is that it has made it easier for people to learn more about job share and plan an arrangement, and there has been an increase in job share in each of the agencies participating. Ongoing work is required in agencies, however, to ensure a culture supportive of job share continues to be built. Read the full report.
All NSW government sector employees can seek a job share. Use the resources freely above to champion job hare further in your agency, given its role as a key enabler of diversity through unlocking varied workforce participation.