A flexible future
We offer flexibility when it comes to working hours. From job shares and part-time working to career breaks and compressed working hours, we try in many ways to help you juggle your work and home life especially when you're expecting a new addition to the family, or have some other pressing family commitment. Take a look at what's on offer:
In certain exceptional circumstances, for example urgent domestic crises or bereavement, we allow discretionary special leave for a short period. This can be with or without pay.
Informal one-off changes to working hours
Our managers deal sympathetically with reasonable requests for working time flexibility in special circumstances. Obviously, this needs to take into account the needs of your team and the quality of the service. This applies whether or not you officially work Flexible Working Hours.
Flexible Working Hours Scheme
From 1 October 2014 the Library’s Flexible Working Hours Scheme is open to all staff (unless there are business exceptions in place that excludes staff in some areas due to operational requirements and therefore not eligible to join the Scheme).
The scheme allows you to work your required hours flexibly over the week, as long as you cover core attendance times and ensure service delivery is given priority and you work with your manager to ensure this doesn't affect quality of service.
We welcome job shares, as long as it's practical for the role. Jobs can be divided in a number of ways to suit the job-sharers and their managers. As a job sharer you'll receive all the same benefits as full-time staff.
Working compressed hours
You can sometimes work your contracted hours over fewer working days, as long as this doesn't interfere with the operation of our services. So, for example, you could work 36 hours over four long days, rather than five standard days.
We're happy to offer part-time work and make sure that part-time staff receive the same benefits as full-time staff, with paid benefits on a pro-rata basis.