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COVID-19 was meant to usher in a flexible work revolution. But for part-timers, it's making things worse.

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many part-timers work in the sectors that have been hardest hit by the pandemic, such as hospitality.

COVID-19 forced people to work from home, raising hopes workplaces could become less inflexible. But a report highlighted this week how the pandemic has hit those who were working part-time. In this op-ed, researcher Emma Stewart warns they face exclusion from workdplaces if nothing is done. See more stories on Insider’s business page.

For those of us in the flexible working sphere, the pandemic has driven a focus on different ways of working.

It feels like a positive step forward. Perceived barriers have come crashing down.

The UK HR body Chartered Institute of Personnel Development has found evidence suggesting that productivity and wellbeing have improved in many cases.

There is an overall sense that many workplaces are undergoing serious transformation.

But a huge proportion of the changes are in where people work. The flexible working revolution has, in fact, largely been a remote working one, which mainly benefits workers who left their offices but still keep full office hours.

There has been little focus