When Sara Allen went back to work after having children, she found she was exhausted trying to fit a stressful full-time role with the Department of Health into four days, and set out to find a solution. “I had job shared in a previous role so knew it was something that was interesting to me,” she says. “[It was] the most rewarding time I’ve ever had at work.”
But finding a colleague who could split a full-time position with her proved difficult the second time round. Faced with this dilemma, she left the civil service and founded Further&More, a recruitment consultancy specialising in job sharing and matching pairs.
The concept is simple – two part-time employees share the responsibilities of one full-time role, often with a handover day on a Wednesday. MP Caroline Lucas raised its profile this year when she announced that she will be running for the leadership of the Green party with work and pensions spokesman Jonathan Bartley.
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