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One of the most advantageous ways of working is certainly part-time work. Nevertheless, it would be wise to also take into consideration the possible disadvantages of this way of working.

Here we will look at the advantages and disadvantages of part-time work.

The advantages of part-time work

Part-time work has many advantages. Among these, we have the management of paid vacations.

Indeed, we note that a part-time worker is entitled to five weeks of paid leave in the same way as a full-time worker. Your seniority time will therefore be calculated as if you were a full-time employee.

If you are not the decision-maker in your work arrangement, you will have priority to access a full-time job should one become available in the company.

Like full-time employees, you have the right to be elected and to vote within the company. This will allow you to vote or stand for election in elections such as that of the staff representatives.

In addition, you benefit from the same advantages as full-time employees such as

  • Access to the works council,
  • Access to the company mutual insurance,
  • Reimbursement of a part of your transport card,
  • Food vouchers and various benefits in kind offered by your company.

Your vacations in case of absence for personal reasons will be paid in the same way as those of full-time workers. However, unlike full-time workers, you are paid according to the number of hours you work.

The disadvantages of part-time work

While there are many advantages to working part-time, there are also disadvantages that should be taken into consideration. The first one is related to retirement, unemployment or dismissal benefits. The latter are equivalent to your working time. As for your income, it will also be less than that of a full-time worker.

In addition, you will not be able to work overtime to increase your income. In fact, the law only provides for hours qualified as complementary, which are only paid at the price of full-time work hours.

We note that the access to professional training in companies, which is however registered in the law, will also be complicated as well as the career development.

Speaking of the latter, part-time work prevents you from easily building a career or changing positions within the company. This will inevitably penalize you to climb the ladder. Your employer will always prefer a full-time employee to manage a position with a lot of responsibility.