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Best part time jobs in Australia

Here’s the secret: nearly any job can be a part time job in Australia.

That said, if you’re looking for part time work there are some jobs and industries that you’re more likely to find it in:

  • Accommodation and food services
  • Retail
  • Administrative and support services

Now, there is a difference between part time work and casual work, and it is an important difference. Part time workers are classified as permanent workers and get the same benefits as full time workers. Casual workers don’t get benefits like paid leave, notice of termination and set rosters.

Didn’t you say something about a part time job secret?

The part time job secret

Yes, about that. More and more employers are on board with flexible work arrangements, including part time jobs. Depending on your personal circumstances, it could actually be against the Fair Work rules for an employer to refuse a request for flexible work arrangements.

But what about when I’m looking for work?

There is nothing wrong with applying for a full time job if you only want to work part time. You just need to be realistic. Some jobs are too demanding, but for others, it’s worth asking. One UK recruiter did some research and found 9 out of 10 employers would be open to flexible work hours even if they didn’t say so in the job ad.

Tips for finding part time jobs in Australia

Tailor your job search

Filters are your friend, so you should use them 🙂

On most job boards you can filter by work type. An advanced search on the jobactive website lets you display part time jobs only.

Display only part time jobs using the work type filter in the advanced job search on the jobactive website

You can also just type part time in the keywords field and it will pick up jobs that include those words in the ad. It’s a good way to catch jobs that might not have been classified properly.

Put part time in the keywords field when you search for a job.

Do some research

Job Outlook lists nearly every job imaginable. It gives you info about average pay rates, growth and demand.

You can also see the share of full time workers in a particular job. That’s really handy if you’re wondering if the job you want is suited to part time work.

For example, 92% of electrical engineers work full time, but only 36% of aged and disability carers work full time.

What works for you?

Do you have a tip to find part time work? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. What about older people, as this presentation doesn’t have much rapport, ie, we know the differences between full and part time work and have a little experience in reading slightly researched comments such as your’s.

    1. Hi Wayne. We write blogs for a whole range of people, including those who might be just starting out and need information about different work types. If you have ideas for topics we should cover that would be more relevant for experienced workers, feel free to share them.

      Have a great day!

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