Milton Keynes employer launches new 'innovative' term-time contracts

Amazon in Milton Keynes has announced the launch of 'innovative' new contracts which offers parents, grandparents and guardians of school-age children the choice to work term-time only. 

The Milton Keynes fulfilment centre is offering the contracts which guarantee time off for the six-week Summer break, as well as the two-week Easter and Christmas holiday periods.

Amazon also announced a new flexible part-time contract for a minimum of 80 hours a month which lets employees pick and mix the shifts which suit their needs; part-day or full-day, day or night, weekday or weekend.

The contract will support people who are unable to find work due to family or other commitments that require flexibility, return to the workplace. 

The part-time contract, piloted at five fulfilment centres and now being expanded to a further seven sites, was also introduced as a result of employee feedback.

Victor Pulido, General Manager at Amazon in Milton Keynes, said: “We’ve listened to our employees’ views on flexible working and I’m really proud that we’ve introduced new and innovative options based on their feedback.

“Both of these contracts put a really important emphasis on work-life balance and I’m certain they’re going to make a positive difference for many of our people.”

John Boumphrey, Amazon’s UK Country Manager, said: “At Amazon, we’re always innovating for our employees and our customers. I’m delighted to announce these new flexible working initiatives that provide even more choice for current and future employees, enabling them to better manage their home and work commitments.

“Amazon already provides a four-day working week for our fulfilment centre employees in the UK, and term-time contracts are another great example of how we are using feedback from our people to support them with their childcare needs, giving families more time together.”

He added: “Providing a flexible part-time contract where people can pick the shifts that best suit their needs will support our employees’ partners and other job-seekers with family caring commitments a route back to the workplace, helping to boost household income.”

GRoW (Get Ready for Work) supports women back into the workplace, Director Liz Sewell is interested in the contracts, adding: "Term-time working has the potential to give a lot of people the support they need, so it’s an interesting and progressive change at Amazon.

“We know that many women want to work flexible hours and for those with younger children term-time working makes so much sense. We believe it’s a great way to support a widening of the workforce as well as providing valuable flexibility for parents.”

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