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John Lewis and Tesco join scheme to boost part-time workers

Retailers including John Lewis Partnership and Tesco have signed up to a new scheme designed to open up more managerial positions to those working part time.

Designers at Zara owner Inditex's head office

Designers at Zara owner Inditex’s head office

The initiative, called the Retail Pioneer Programme, was launched by the company Timewise, and will run for a 12-month pilot period, during which it aims to identify the pressures and operational constraints of working part time in managerial roles, The Daily Express reports. Ultimately, the scheme aims to redesign managerial roles to make them more compatible with flexible and part-time working.

Timewise described the lack of flexibility in managerial roles as limiting the career progression of those who need more flexible positions. As well as John Lewis and Tesco, B&Q, Cook and Dixons Carphone have all signed up for the scheme.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “Flexibility is the second most important reason to work in retail, but in some cases this is a trade-off which may hold some people back from fulfilling their potential.”

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