Yes I know part time work has made my life a million times better – I see more of the girls, I get less resentful when I have a week like this one and don’t see them for days in a row and life has a one day reset button. It is a good thing.
It even turned out that 20% less money wasn’t as big a reduction in my salary as I had thought. Which is probably rather embarrassing if I admit I’m a qualified accountant and work in a fairly numerate business.
But I do still earn 20% less than my colleagues in exchange for my day off.
I’m not even going to mention that it’s really only a 14% reduction in time because I now have 1 day in 7 off rather than 1 in 5 but I don’t want to split hairs. Much
The trouble is that having taken the 20% reduction in salary you then realise that your work costs don’t reduce by 20%. Take my train travel – it turns out that it is cheaper to buy a ticket for a week than to buy returns for 4 days. Exactly the same thing happens for car parking. So whilst my cash in has gone down by 20% what I’m paying out hasn’t.
How is this fair?
Effectively I’m being penalised for daring to want to work part time. Financially it’s a double whammy – here have less money and no reduction in your costs.
Wrong wrong wrong
And don’t get me started on the fact that I have signed up for the part time Mummy track and all that entails when actually I do work on Fridays when I have to and clients demand it AND given part time is usually classified as under 30 hours by most metrics I’m still working at least full time. On an average week I’m working about 50 hours – yes it is heaps better than working about 60 hours and all of that but it is hardly that I have given it all up and decided to work to rule. This week I had done 30 hours by midway through Wednesday.
Right, rant over – feel free to add your own!