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Parenthood is a fulltime job in itself. Actual employment is often a distant memory when hungry children are circling like sharks in the kitchen or playing tug of war with your new jacket. Finding work that can fit around your life as a parent can sometimes be as difficult as finding vegetables that your kids don’t find repulsive. Thankfully, agency work could be the answer to your parenting problems, here are five reasons why:

1. Fitting shifts around family life

One of the big disadvantages that comes with working outside of an agency is a lack of flexibility when it comes to your working life. With rotas and schedules managed by either a shift manager or another member of the team, the power of choosing when you work is rarely something that you’ll ever experience. Obviously, this isn’t ideal, particularly when it comes to finding childcare or after-school arrangements.

Working for an agency allows you to choose when you work. It really is that simple.

2. Additional income

You may already work, and find an increasing need for a small amount of additional money to top up your finances. This is where agency work can be particularly helpful, giving you an additional avenue of cashflow without making you work crippling hours. Working for an agency, for even one shift a week, can give you the financial freedom to improve your home life.

3. Grow from challenges

The very nature of agency work means that no two days have to be the same, with plenty of challenges and new experiences being available depending on where you choose to work. We never force anybody to take up employment somewhere they don’t like, after all, we want you to enjoy your job! The ability to choose where you go to work means that you can constantly grow your skillset both as a professional and as an individual, widening job opportunities in the future.

4. Employers who understand

We’re built on a foundation of knowledge from the recruitment business, and we know what makes people happy, after all we have won awards! We understand the challenges that parenthood brings, and how they can affect you when it comes to employment and work. That’s why our office staff are always on hand to support you during your time working with us, and with 24/7 availability via phone, you’re never alone if a problem arises on shift.

Balancing work and life represented by stones stacking together

5. Work-life balance

Sometimes, handling work and home simultaneously can be like juggling flaming torches. Thankfully, you’re able to extinguish the flames, and practice makes perfect when it comes to the juggling!
The practicality of defining when and where you work means you can find the perfect balance of your responsibilities as a parent with your desire to work. The average person spends 2,000 hours a year at work, that’s a lot of time to spend unhappy, and finding the sweet spot of time at home and work can make you significantly better off when it comes to keeping a smile on your face.