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Job Sharing in Australia: Possibilities, Problems and Strategies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 January 2023

George Lafferty
School of Management, University of Queensland
Philip Bohle
School of Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour, University of New South Wales
Catherine Giudice
School of Management, University of Queensland


This paper defines job sharing and explores its potential benefits. An overview of its origins and growth in Australia and overseas is followed by discussion of management issues. Organisational issues concern aspects of planning, implementation and operation. Issues for job sharers include finding an appropriate job share partner, maintenance of the job sharing relationship, protection of voluntary participation and preservation of pro rata benefits and other working conditions. A process for facilitating effective liaison between management, job sharers and trade unions is proposed. Job sharing is uncommon in Australia but may assist workers to balance work and family responsibilities or pursue interests outside work while avoiding many disadvantages of precarious work. For employers, it may facilitate retention of valued staff, reduce turnover, enhance recruiting or reduce staff costs. These propositions have not been rigorously tested, however, and avenues for future research are therefore explored.

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Copyright © The Author(s) 2002

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