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How do I move into the private sector on a part-time basis?

Verified 13 September 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

If you work full-time (CDI or CDD) and want to work part-time, you must apply to your employer. The conditions differ depending on whether or not an agreement is applied in the company.

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A collective agreement or a company or establishment agreement sets out the conditions

A collective agreement or a company agreement or establishment may lay down the conditions for setting up part-time working hours.

In this case, the following conditions must be provided:

  • Application procedure for full-time employees wishing to work part-time
  • Deadline for the employer to respond in particular to a refusal

If you want to move to part-time work, you have priority for one of the following jobs:

  • Employment of the same occupational or equivalent category
  • Employment with different characteristics if the company agreement or agreement so provides

The employer must provide you with a list of available jobs.

There is no agreement

In the absence of an agreement or agreement, you send your request to your employer by any means necessary to justify the date of the request (e.g. letter or registered email).

You indicate the desired duration of work and the planned date for the implementation of the new schedule.

Your request is addressed at least 6 months before the planned implementation date of the new timetable.

Your employer must respond to you within 3 months following your request, by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt.

The employer accepts or rejects your proposal.

The consequences on the employee's employment contract are as follows:

Employer Agreement

You move on to part-time with the agreement of your employer.

You sign attractive to employment contract.

Refusal of employer

The employer may refuse your application, subject to the terms of the collective agreement or agreement applicable in the company.

In this case, the employer must justify its refusal by one of the following reasons:

  • Either there is no job available in your occupational category or equivalent (for example, if a part-time position is available among employees, the employer has the right to refuse to have an executive claw back)
  • Either the change your job requested does not correspond to the good running of the company


you can also benefit, subject to conditions, from an annualised part-time family reasonsor a reduction in working time for creating or resuming company or part-time parental leave.