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John Lewis & Partners

We’re on a journey, an ongoing experiment to find happier, more trusted ways of doing business and all of our Partners have a part to play. 

By joining the Partnership you’ll be joining a different kind of business. One that seeks to make a difference, not just to its Partners, but to the lives of everyone. 

 It’s this shared purpose that drives us. Guides us. And we believe that by working together, in Partnership, we can help create a place with happier people, for a happier business and a happier world. 

#FindYourHappier #DrivenByPurpose

171 Victoria St, London , SW1E 5NN
Industry Retail
Company size:   10,001+ employees
Industry:   Retail
Company Details
171 Victoria St

John Lewis & Partners has a 'Flexible First' commitment, and ensures all of their job vacancies are advertised with a flexible working option, unless there is an operational reason why this is not possible. The organisation has also recently implemented a ‘blended’ working approach for office-based employees, providing staff with choice and flexibility with where and how they work.

What we love about John Lewis:

💡 John Lewis & Partners clearly label flexibility in all job posts

💡 John Lewis Partnership has become the first UK retailer to introduce 26 weeks equal parenthood paid maternity and paternity leave and two weeks' paid pregnancy loss leave

💡They've implemented an internal part-time advisory group to identify more ways to support part-time employees to help them progress in the business.

What is worth checking with John Lewis:

💡Flexible working may not be possible for some roles due to operational reasons.

Articles about John Lewis:

💡 John Lewis & Partners launches new support for working families and young people leaving the care system

💡 John Lewis to introduce flexible working for all HQ staff

💡 John Lewis Partnership: proud to be pioneering flexible working

Flexible Working Approach

John Lewis & Partners understands that offering true flexible working can help to make sure we meet both the needs of the Partnership and provides Partners with a work-life balance. This supports us in achieving our ultimate purpose – Working in Partnership for a happier world. 

Rule number 47 in our constitution highlights our responsibility to promote each other’s well being and recognises the importance of a healthy balance between the Partnership’s needs and Partners’ personal lives. 

What does flexible working mean at the John Lewis Partnership?

Flexible working will mean different things to you based on your personal needs, the requirements of your role and how this supports you in achieving your goals at both work and home. By joining the Partnership, your individual and unique story will be considered and adapted to as much as reasonably possible. Flexible working has become the new normal, and we value our Partners’ desire to prioritise their work/life balance with a need for jobs with flexible hours. 

Part-time: An employee who works fewer hours than a full-time worker. There is no specific number of hours that makes someone part-time, but a full-time worker will usually work 35-40 hours a week.
Term-time: These are contract based agreements that are used to accommodate an individuals childcare responsibilities during school holidays, as well as for staff who work in the education sector.
Flexi-Time: This is a working schedule that allows employees to choose when they start and end their workday, usually to accomodate an individuals needs and other commitments outside of work.
Core Hours / Staggered Hours: Core hours refer to specific times an organisation requires an employee to work, for example 10am to 4pm. Staggered hours are when an employee has different start and finish times from other workers.
Compressed Hours: This is where an employee increases the volume of hours worked each day in order to reduce the number of days worked.
Self Rostering / Shift Swapping: This allows employees to input on their own working hours or swap shifts with other employees, while meeting their contractual agreement.
Full-time: A full-time employee works between 35 and 40 hours per week, usually on a permanent contract.
Reduced Hours: This is a provision given by an organisation to an employee to work for a lesser number of hours as compared to the mandatory working hours set for all employees.
Job Share: An arrangement where two people, or sometimes more, are retained on a part-time or reduced-time basis to perform a job normally fulfilled by one person working full-time.
Phased Retirement: This refers to an approach that gives employees the ability to manage the transition from full-time employment to retirement.
Hybrid Working (Office / Home): This means an employee splits their time between the workplace (usually office based) and remote working (usually at home).
Remote or Mobile Working: This is a type of working arrangement that allows an employee to work from a remote location outside of corporate offices.
Work From Home (WFH): This is where an employee has the ability to set up their workspace at home, and manage their work without the need to go to the office.
Office Working: This refers to an employee being physically present in the workplace to fulfil their contractual responsibilities.
Career Breaks / Sabbatical: These are an extended periods of agreed absence from work. The term is often used interchangeably with "sabbatical", which is generally taken to mean a shorter period of leave of several weeks or months.
Shared Parental Leave: This allows parents to share a portion of leave and pay with their partners to care for children from birth, usually until their first birthday.

*Please note that not all flexible working options may not be available for every role.

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