When it comes to balancing the demands of work with those of being an active parent, being able to work part-time can be an incredibly attractive option. The opportunity to still bring in income and stay active in your career field, without missing out on your child’s formative years, is something most would jump at.
Recognising this demand, a number of services have opened up across the UAE, catering to parents who want to work part-time.
Here are a few of the most notable:
Founded in 2016, by veteran online recruiter David Mackenzie, Mums@Work has placed and trained more than 1 000 women in part-time and flexible jobs across the UK.
Far more than just a jobs board, the site also has sections offering advice and tips, listing events, and a Mum’s Zone, which allows the community to share deals they love, top picks for things to do in and around Dubai, competitions, and a directory of the best family-focused businesses in Dubai.
To find out more about Mums@Work, read our interview with the company’s Managing Director Louise Karim
Originally aimed exclusively at a certain section of the UAE’s expat community, BritishMums grew out of a Facebook group to become a fully-fledged one-stop shop for connecting mothers with all the information they need to operate successfully in the UAE.
One of the services it offers is a jobs board which allows companies to post openings detailing the job status, type, remuneration, a detailed description of the job, and the required skills and competencies.
At this stage still only a Facebook group, this community recognises that it’s not only mothers who might want to work part-time.
Its mission is simple: to connect Mums and Dads who want to work part-time with those who have part-time jobs available.
One way of bringing in an income without having to compromise on how much time you spend in an office, is to start your own business.
As is the case with many things in the UAE, it’s not as simple as just deciding you’re going to do so.
Fortunately, there are companies that can help you negotiate the various rules and regulations. One of the best out there is Virtuzone.
The company has helped over 12 000 entrepreneurs from around the world start a business in the UAE and will help you with everything from registering your company to obtaining the necessary visas.
For some parents, going back to work after a few years out to raise children can be seriously intimidating.
There can be a loss of confidence and, especially in fast-moving fields, the danger that the necessary skills have changed in the intervening years.
Zeta Yarwood is a life coach who can help parents with a range of things that they’ll need when re-entering the job market (even if only part time), including career and interview coaching and assistance with CV writing.
Working part-time is all well and good when your kids are at school, but when it’s holiday time, it can be difficult to ensure that they’re always entertained.
It can get pretty expensive too. Fortunately, services like The Entertainer offer great discounts on a number of services, including ones aimed at kids.
If you need somewhere fun and safe to drop them off while you’re at the office, you can also look at some of the recommendations on British Mums.
Are you a part-time working parent in the UAE? Let us know which services make your life easier.