What is part time?
Part time refers to working fewer hours per week compared to full time employees. According to the Fair Work Commission, part time employees typically work less than 38 hours per week and generally have regular weekly schedules.
They are often employed either on a permanent basis or through fixed-term contracts.
What part time employees get ？
Part time employees are entitled to the same minimum entitlements as full time employees, but on a pro-rata basis. This means that their entitlements are calculated based on the number of hours they work compared to a full time employee.
The specific entitlements for part time employees include:
|Part time employees are entitled to paid annual leave, which is accrued based on the number of hours they work.
The amount of annual leave they receive is proportional to the amount a full time employee would receive.
Sick and Carer’s Leave
|Part time employees also receive paid sick and carer’s leave, again on a pro rata basis.
This means that they are entitled to a portion of the sick and carer’s leave that a full time employee would receive.
Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave
|Part time employees are entitled to 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave.
Unlike other entitlements, this leave is not pro-rated, meaning that part time employees receive the full 10 days regardless of their hours worked.
Example: Sick and carer’s leave entitlements for part time employees
- Samantha is a full time employee who works 38 hours a week, 5 days a week.
- Olivia is a part time employee who works an average of 19 hours per week, working a 5-day fortnight.
- Samantha receives 76 hours (or 10 days) of paid sick and carer’s leave per year.
- Olivia receives half of Samantha’s paid sick and carer’s leave per year as she works half the hours Samantha works.
What is the difference between part time, full time, and casual employment?
Part time employment refers to working fewer hours than full time employees.
Full time employees generally work around 38 hours per week.
Casual employment, on the other hand, involves irregular hours and no firm commitment from the employer. Casual employees do not have a guaranteed pattern of work or ongoing employment.
*Learn more :changing from part-time to casual employment.
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