Part-time employee entitlements

You can hire hair and beauty employees on a part-time basis to suit your business. Part-time work arrangements can be beneficial for both your business and your employees. For example, your employees may be able to enjoy greater work-life balance and flexibility, and you can roster them during your salon’s busiest periods.

Your part-time employees get the same hourly rate and conditions of employment as full-time employees performing the same type of work. Part-time employees get a pro rata amount of paid annual leave and personal leave, which means a proportionate amount based on their hours of work.

Note: Part-time employees must work, or be paid for, a minimum of 3 hours per shift.

When your part-time employees work in excess of their agreed number of hours, it is overtime and must be paid at overtime rates of pay. Visit the overtime page for more information.


Francesca is employed part-time as a nail technician for Tatiana’s Nails under the Hair and Beauty Award. Francesca works 10 hours per week. She is classified as a Hair and Beauty Employee Level 2 under the modern award and is entitled to the same hourly rate as a full-time Level 2 employee for her ordinary hours of work.

After working in her position for 6 months, Francesca has accumulated 20 hours, or 2 weeks of annual leave and 10 hours or 1 week of personal leave. After 12 months, Francesca has 40 hours annual leave and 20 hours of personal leave.

Visit Finding the right pay for tools to help you calculate minimum wages and penalty rates.

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Page last updated: 17 Sep 2010