How Many Hours Is a Part-Time Job?
In a full-time job, you can expect to work between 35 and 40 (or more) hours a week, on average. But how many hours is a part-time position?
The short answer is that there are very few hard-and-fast parameters when it comes to the hours you’ll work in a part-time job. Part-time work usually requires fewer than 30-35 hours a week but can vary widely depending on the company, position, and agreement between the employer and the worker.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, just over 26 million people worked part-time in October 2020—nearly the same amount as those with part-time hours in October 2019. This means that, despite economic uncertainty and a global pandemic, part-time jobs are continuing to play an important role in the job market.
The benefits of professional part-time jobs can be appealing to someone looking for a career that allows for more control over their schedule. Part-time jobs are available in all industries, as well as at every skill and educational level. Plus, part-time work can be done in-office or remotely, and can include flexible hours or alternative schedules.
To help you find a part-job that fits in with your unique schedule and career goals, we’re answering the top questions about part-time hours.
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Answers to Questions Regarding Part-Time Positions
1. How many hours is a part-time position? Are there any rules or laws that cover this?
A part-time position offers flexibility for those who want or need to work but who can’t (or don’t want to) work full-time. Many part-time positions have hours ranging anywhere from five to 35 hours a week.
Because of this wide range, searching for a part-time job that meets your schedule needs can be a bit confusing. Unfortunately, there’s not a simple definition of part-time hours.
However, this last one only applies to employers that are subject to the Affordable Care Act, which is any employer that has 50 or more full-time employees. Employers of this size must offer minimum essential coverage to full-time employees.
If you’re searching for part-time jobs, pay particular attention to the job description. It might give a range of hours expected for the job. Also, research the company to see how large the workforce is and whether it would be subject to the Affordable Care Act rules for part-time hours.
2. Are part-time jobs typically lower-level, or are there professional-level jobs with part-time hours, too?
Part-time positions can also be professional jobs, and that’s what we focus on at FlexJobs. Many professional part-time jobs exist either as stand-alone positions or as part of a job-sharing option, in which a full-time job is shared by two part-time workers.
When you look at the listings in the FlexJobs database, the part-time positions meet the following criteria:
- The job requires 35 or fewer hours per week, as determined by the employer.
- The job is a professional position, ranging from entry-level through executive-level.
As one of the most popular flexible work arrangements available, there are a large variety of professional part-time job postings on FlexJobs at any given moment.
How to Handle a Part-Time Job Interview
During a job interview, you might be asked why you want a part-time job as opposed to a full-time position. Employers might be trying to ascertain if you’re serious about the potential role—or just looking for something to hold you over until a full-time opportunity comes along. You can always point out that at this point in your career, part-time work fits in better with your schedule while allowing you to contribute professionally to a company. If you’ve worked part-time in the past, you can mention how working a reduced schedule was beneficial to both you and the company.
Don’t feel that you have to make excuses as to why you want part-time work. Just be sure to ask about requirements during the interview process and make it clear which hours you are available to work.
Using FlexJobs to Find a Part-Time Job
Now that you know how many hours is part-time, you can start searching for a role that fits in perfectly with the rest of your life. And if you’re looking for part-time hours working from home, check out our list of companies that commonly hire for part-time, remote jobs.
FlexJobs members have access to thousands of remote and flexible part-time jobs in more than 50 career categories. Browse our robust database for openings today!
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