Definition of Permanent Part Time in the Workplace

by Catherine Lugo - Updated September 26, 2017
Permanent part-time hours can vary.

When you are a permanent part-time employee, you are employed by a company to work a set number of hours a week on a part-time basis. The period of time you work for the company can vary; for instance you might have a contract that states you'll be employed for six months, or indefinitely.

Your Contract

Read your contract carefully.

If you are a permanent part-time employee, you're eligible for overtime pay; if your contract says you'll work 30 hours a week, working anything over that means you'll get overtime pay, which is usually time-and-a-half. Be sure to read through any contract that you sign and find out how the company intends to handle overtime in a permanent part-time position. For example, your contract might say that the minimum hours are 25, with an option for more hours; in that case, you might need to tell your employer than you won't work more than 25 hours without overtime pay.

Your work schedule.

Your schedule

Permanent part-time work is supposed to be more flexible than a 9-to-5 job. Make sure the days you're contracted to work are days that are good for you; this should be spelled out in your contract. If you find that the company is expecting you to work days that conflict with your schedule, work that out before you sign the contract.

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Women over 40 fill permanent part-time positions.

According to the Office of Personnel Management's Central Personnel Data File, the typical permanent part-time employee is female and over 40 years of age. Permanent part-time positions usually include pay for public holidays as well as sick days, but they usually don't provide insurance; this is completely up to the company and probably not open to negotiation.

Permanent part-time is attractive to employers because they can retain good employees. In addition, employees effectiveness is often increased by this type of placement, work coverage is increased during workload surges, and employee costs, like insurance, are reduced, according to a study conducted by Phyllis Hutton Raabe of the University of New Orleans; the study is called "Being a Part-time Manager in the U.S. Federal Government: Some Evidence of 'Win-Win' Outcomes."


Job-sharing lets you stay with your company.

Sometimes a full-time job can become a permanent part-time through job-sharing. Job-sharing lets the employee stay with the company, making money and progressing in her career, while the company benefits by keeping an experienced employee. Job sharing is an alternative work option in which two people share one job in the same company, each working for part of the week.

Permanent Part-Timers

Part-time work fills many needs.

Many occupational fields use permanent part-time employees, and they are represented across all pay plans, grade levels and agencies. People considering this type of job placement might be those pursuing higher education, recovering from an illness or balancing family demands; because of the flexibility of permanent part-time work, it is enjoying increased popularity.

About the Author

Catherine Lugo has been a freelance writer since 1990 and has been published in her local paper, "County Line," "Poetry Gems 2000" and online at Lugo earned her Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of Texas, Dallas.

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