Nominations are now open for the Timewise Power Part Time list, which celebrates 50 people in high powered jobs, working four days a week or less.
In its fifth year, the list is supported by EY and Diageo and will be revealed via Management Today.
Timewise co-founders & CEOS Karen Mattison and Emma Stewart originally launched the list to challenge outdated perceptions of part time workers and to create role models who fit work around other things in their life. The idea for the list came about after research found that high earning part time workers feel under pressure to keeo their working hours a secret.
The list aims to unveil each individual’s reason for choosing to work part time in addition to showcasing their career achievements.
Mattison, said: “Over the past five years we have seen unprecedented change in work. The right to request flexible working has been extended to everyone, for any reason – rather than just parents and carers; men choosing to work part time has exceeded the 1 million mark for the first time and more than half of UK workers are thought to work flexibly in some way.
“Yet prejudice around the words ‘part time’ stubbornly remains. It is assumed that if you work part time, your ambition must be limited. Yet thousands of people are now working part time in exceptional jobs, making key scientific advances, building billion pound businesses and changing the world as we know it. It’s time for those people to be out and proud – help prove that ‘part time’ and ‘powerful’ are possible to the next generation.”
This year Timewise has introduced a ‘Ones to Watch’ category in partnership with EY. This is aimed at people who are already working flexibly in the mid career stage and are tipped to become successful.
Lynn Rattigan, Chief Operating Officer at EY, UK & Ireland, said: “Real life examples of talented individuals who are working flexibly, as featured in The Power Part Time List, help companies realise what can be achieved when people are given greater choice over how, when and where they work – and those who need such jobs, to see what is possible.
“Each year when we come to judge the list, we receive a few nominations from fascinating individuals who might not yet have reached the most senior ranks for their profession, yet are progressing in work at an astonishing rate and who deserve to be recognised. As such, EY is proud to back the very first search for the ‘Ones to Watch’ – talented professionals who are mid career, working part time and achieving promotions all the while. It’s important to prove that no matter what stage your career is at – flexibly working can be an aide, not a hindrance, to success.”
The judging panel for this year, for both the Power Part Time List and the Ones to Watch, includes:
• Lynn Rattigan, Chief Operating Officer, EY UK & Ireland
• Belinda Earl, Style Director, Marks & Spencer
• Andrew Saunders, Deputy Editor, Management Today magazine
• Katie Bickerstaffe, Chief Executive Officer, Dixons at Dixons Carphone plc, UK & Ireland
• Sally Bundock, Presenter, BBC World Business Report
• Andrew Porter, Head of Talent Engagement, Diageo
• Karen Mattison, Joint CEO, Timewise
Winners will be invited to a champagne reception. Nominations close Friday 16 September. An entry form can be obtained by visiting www.timewise.co.uk/power-part-time.