An Exploration of Quality Part-Time Working in Europe, with a Focus on the UK Case

  • Clare LyonetteEmail author
  • Beate Baldauf
  • Heike Behle
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


Part-time working may seem like an ideal solution for women wanting to maintain a work-life balance and increase well-being. Indeed, part-time working is common across many European countries. Evidence from the UK, however, shows that because of the limited part-time options available in highly-skilled jobs, many women compromise by crowding into lower-level part-time jobs. Part-time workers are also at a disadvantage in terms of access to training and development opportunities, with longer-term career implications. In spite of these identified career penalties, evidence has shown that women like part-time work and flexibility in their working hours and report lower work-life conflict than full-time working women. In this chapter, we draw on qualitative data from the UK government-funded Quality Part-Time Work Fund initiative, set up to increase the wider availability of better part-time job opportunities.


Part-time Careers Work-life balance Flexibility Europe Well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Employment ResearchUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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