Part time civil service jobs? Anyone successfully applied for one?

(5 Posts)
muddyschoolshoes Tue 05-Nov-13 16:21:39

I've seen quite a lot of civil service jobs that match my skillset. They're all advertised as full time, but whereas some say "Not suitable for part time applicants" many of them say "This job/these jobs are available for full-time, part-time or flexible working arrangements (including Job Share arrangements)." It's a standard phrase; obviously attached to the advert via a tick-box process when they create it. There is never any more detail on what is/isn't possible for specific roles, so presumably you need to apply, and be assessed for the role and offered it before discussing a reduction in hours. Does anyone have any experience of going through that process? I really only want to work 2 days a week, so wouldn't want to waste my (and their) time applying if they would just laugh me out of the door at the last hurdle.

tallulah Tue 05-Nov-13 19:20:49

Are these bulk job adverts or individual posts? It really depends on the post as to whether it is do-able as a part timer. TBH I've been involved in CS recruitment for the last few months and it has been very difficult to place successful part timers.

Quite often the advert will say for more information contact xxx. In those circumstances I would call them and ask directly.

muddyschoolshoes Tue 05-Nov-13 21:27:51

Hi tallulah. They're individual posts, coming through to me by email alert. Here's an example.

CheshireSplat Tue 05-Nov-13 23:30:49

I applied for one which I was offered (but ended up not taking). I ticked the part time box on the form and was one of four interviewed. One of the questions I asked at the interview was had they seen that I had ticked the part time box? They had and asked me what I was interested in doing. I said 4 days which they said was fine and got the offer a whole later.

Hope that helps!

muddyschoolshoes Wed 06-Nov-13 09:50:22

Thanks Cheshire, that's interesting. The "part time box" is generally on the Diversity form, rather than the Application form. The Diversity form states that it isn't used in selection, and I'd always assumed it was only seen by HR, rather than by the interviewers. If your interviewers had seen that they presumably had seen everything else on your Diversity form too (?).

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