The AMA will be trialling a four-day working week running from 2 October until the end of March 2024.
The trial will see us adopt a standardised Monday to Thursday working week while still ensuring flexibility for our team to adjust their working pattern and days accordingly.
This move to the 4-day week will see full-time AMA team members reducing their hours from 40 to 32 hours per week, with no reduction in salary. Part-time team members have two options. They will either retain their current salary and reduce their hours by 20%, or retain their current hours and increase their salary by 20%.
We’ll be regularly consulting with our team throughout this process including at the end of the trial. A decision will then be made on whether the organisation will continue with the 4-day week going forward.
We’re an organisation that prides itself on being there to support our members and the sector. Anything that can help us deliver on this more effectively is going to be a positive for us to explore.Cath Hume, CEO, Arts Marketing Association
Our CEO, Cath Hume says: “We want audiences to be placed at the heart of the cultural sector. At the AMA, our audience is our members and we’re making this change to ensure our team can continue to support them to the best of their ability.
“Our team’s wellbeing is always top of our agenda. We’ve long encouraged flexible working but it’s important to us that we’re able to offer our staff greater work-life balance – ensuring they have more time for what matters most to them outside work and the benefits that can bring to the AMA.”
Cath continues: “We’re an organisation that prides itself on being there to support our members and the sector. Anything that can help us deliver on this more effectively is always going to be a positive for us to explore.”
Our Head of Operations and Events, Danielle Patrick says: “Equity was a big factor in our move to a 4-day week. Typically, women take on more unpaid work outside of their paid working hours. At the AMA, we have a majority female team, so this helps to redress that balance. It gives staff more free time for leisure. It supports those with children or other caring responsibilities, and benefits those with long-term health conditions.
“We’re following in the footsteps of other organisations in the cultural sector who have transitioned to a 4-day week. We’d like to thank Flatpack Festival for being so generous in sharing their experiences with us, and 64 Million Artists for being a source of inspiration.
Danielle continues: “We’ll be documenting our learning – both successes and challenges – from the trial, to support our members & sector organisations who might be exploring the 4-day week themselves.”
You can read more about the AMA’s move to a 4-day week in this blog on AMAculturehive by clicking the button below.