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Guide to Part Time Jobs and Part Time Work in Retirement

Later life is all about opportunities and choices. There are opportunities to do all those things that you always wanted to do but couldn’t because of lack of time. Once you have retired, you now have to make choices as to how you wish to spend the time that you now have.

The first choice you have to make regarding work is, ‘Do I want to work at all?’ After all, if you have enough money to realise all those opportunities you see opening up you may not want to. However, if you think you might want to do some kind of work, the next choices are:

  • Paid or voluntary work
  • Full or part time work

You must be aware that finding work, be it part time or full time, paid or voluntary, may not be easy. According to some of the leading employment agencies, whilst there are vacancies around, they are quickly taken. So you may have to be prepared to act fast and be patient.

This guide is for part time jobs and work, whether paid or unpaid. People like part time jobs and work for many reasons: flexibility, less demanding, it allows time to do lots of other things and so on.


What is Part Time Work?

What is a Job Share?

Part Time Work

If you feel that part time work or finding a part time job is for you, first of all you might want to actually define what that means. If you work shifts and, for example, get three or four days off because of the shift pattern, you may consider that to be part time, even though you might work 37 or 40 hours per week.

Part Time Work Links

First Thoughts on part time work

Part Time Paid Work

Part Time Voluntary Work


If you choose voluntary work, when you could be called upon at any time of the day or night, is that part time? How many hours a week constitute part time for you?

What about a full time short-term contract? Might that constitute 'a part time job’ for you? Some sort of interim management role, for example, might fill the bill nicely if your motivation is primarily monetary and you would be quite happy to work full time for a limited period.

Similarly, you could consider working in the retail trade over Christmas and/or during the sales. These are jobs that are full time but for a limited period. If you wish to do other activities on a regular basis, or travel, then this pattern of work may suit you better than a regular part time job.

Job Sharing

Job sharing is another route to explore and maybe the best place to start is your existing employer. If they are keen not to lose your expertise, they may be very willing to provide a job share for you.

These are questions that you might like to ponder before you start thinking about what work to look for.

Retirement does not necessarily mean giving up work for good. Indeed, work provides a necessary ingredient of many people’s retirement because they do not feel ready to put their feet up for good just because they leave their job at 60, 65 or whatever.

There are a huge number of options for you. You can choose full time or part time jobs in either paid work or in the voluntary sector. You can work for someone else or you can work for yourself. The good thing is that you can choose, so choose something that you feel will suit you best. Before you rush headlong into it, stop, think and do some planning so that you make the right choice.

Work can be stimulating an rewarding; if and when you come to choose work in retirement, make sure that you pick something that will enhance your retirement and make it the most satisfying time of your life.

For further information on part time jobs and work in retirement click on the links in the box above.


This Guide is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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