Job share: two brains for the price of one
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.
How job share can help you or your team
- managing a transition to retirement
- succession planning by pairing someone experienced with someone on the way up
- attracting a younger workforce who may want a portfolio career to pursue entrepreneurial passions
- providing 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
- providing a solution for those hard-to-fill roles where you need the 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 you make it work? In consultation with experienced job sharers, we have developed a series of factsheets, guides and case studies on what it takes to succeed at job share, how to effectively manage job share pairs, and how to foster and encourage more job sharing in your agency.
Job Share Videos
Job share guides
These guides, divided into fact sheets so you need only read or print the section you need, provide essential information on what it takes to make job share succeed.
From the employee’s perspective
Learn more about what it takes to make job share work including how to apply for jobs together, how to work together and what makes a good handover.
Download guide from employee's perspective
Learn how to encourage this innovative employment arrangement across your organisation, based on the benefits it brings.
Download guide for leaders
Case studies of those who make it work
We’ve also worked with a number of successful job share pairs across the NSW government sector to learn how they make it work. We have listened to their insights and tips and made a series of case studies which we are sharing here.
Liz Moore has job shared for 15 years, working in EPA, DPC and Industry and has worked with multiple job share partners. Liz job shared with Jane Mallen-Cooper for 12 years, moving roles together from EPA to DPC, until Jane’s retirement. Liz has also managed a job share while she was part of a job share. In 2019 Liz will job share the role of Executive Director, Strategy and Policy in the NSW Department of Industry with a new job share partner Michelle Wood.
Download Liz and Michelle's Case Study
Gabi Carrigan and Caroline Reed are Executive Directors, NDIS Reform at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. They have job shared using a ‘twin model’ for over three years, and while the model has stayed the same over the years, their approach to job sharing itself has consistently evolved to meet the needs of their work, their team, and the outcomes they need to achieve.
Download Caroline and Gabi's Case Study
Millia Mellick and Trina Palazzolo: surprising people with how well
flexibility can work.
Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, People, Family
and Community Services
Download Millia and Trina's Case Study
Felicity No and Peter Goth worked as Co-Directors of Business Strategy and Evaluation in the Department of Primary Industries for one year. They share joint responsibility for the role, with some pieces of work completed individually by each.
Download Peter and Felicity's Case Study
Anna Wade is a Policy Manager in the Better Regulation Division of the Customer Service cluster. She has job shared with Julie Wright for over 6 months in a ‘twin model’, which means that they are jointly responsible for all duties.
Download Anna's Case Study
Charmion Rowe is in a job-share arrangement at the Department of Family and Community Services, as a Business Support Assistant in the Tenancy Team for Housing.
Download Charmion's Case Study
Finding a job share partner
The PSC is also piloting a job share matching platform with several agencies from March 2019 to March 2020. This platform makes 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 are participating in this pilot (note, titles do not reflect Machinery of Government changes announced in April 2019):
- Better Regulation division, Customer Service
- Family and Community Services, Stronger Communities
- Industry, Department of Planning and Industry
- Department of Premier and Cabinet
- Service NSW, Customer Service
- Public Service Commission
- Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW
If you do not work in one of these agencies, you can still job share, but you will need to use your networks, or perhaps ask for support from your HR team to reach out to others in your organisation or in a talent pool who work or want part-time in a similar role. Use the resources above to get you started.
Leading the implementation of job share in your agency?
We’ve also created resources to promote job share in your agency, if you’re responsible for driving an uptake in its implementation:
- The 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. Complete the Communications Toolkit request form if you would like access to the toolkit, which comprises suggested text for web, newsletters, social media and executive messaging, and images and banners.
- A promotional video 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)
- A full video of the job share platform launch, to promote job share across the agencies participating in the pilot (see above to download for your own agency use).