The Straits Times
Published on Nov 08, 2012

Professionals, managers, executives get part-time options too


When Ms Sylvia Tan's son entered primary school in 2010, she wanted to be there for him. Yet, she also hoped to stay in her role as vice-president for channel distributions at CTC Travel.

A part-time arrangement made it possible. Ms Tan now works from 9am to 1pm, when her son is in school. She said with a laugh: "I actually work in accordance with the school term."

Despite the common view that part-time work is only for those in service and administrative jobs, companies do offer part-time positions for professionals, managers and executives (PMEs), Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower Hawazi Daipi said yesterday.

For instance, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital allows its doctors and nurses to work part-time. "This has helped them to attract and retain highly skilled talent, which is a key competitive advantage for them in the manpower-scarce health-care sector," said Mr Hawazi.