Underemployment can be:
The number of underemployed workers is an important indicator of labour market performance. It highlights any unsatisfied aspirations for adequate work and greater earnings.
- time-related. This reflects insufficient hours of work being available in relation to an alternative employment situation that a person is willing and available to engage in; or
- due to inadequate employment situations. These refer to situations where people want to increase their hours of work for a set of reasons such as insufficient use of skills or inadequate income.
In September 2005, there were 221,700 employed persons aged 15 years and over in the labour force. Of these, 18,000 (8.1%) were underemployed, comprising 16,600 part-time workers who wanted more hours and 1,400 full-time workers who for economic reasons worked less than 35 hours in the reference week.
These statistics relate to a Tasmania Together benchmark.
UNDEREMPLOYED STATUS OF EMPLOYED PERSONS, Tasmania - September 2005
|Worked 35 hours or more in the reference week|
|Worked less than 35 hours in the reference week|
|For non-economic reasons(a)|
|For economic reasons(b)|
|Not wanting more hours|
|Want more hours|
|Usually work part-time and want to work more part-time hours|
|Usually work part-time and want to work full-time hours|
**estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(a) Non-economic reasons include illness or injury, leave, holiday or flextime, and personal reasons.
(b) Economic reasons include being stood down, or insufficient work being available.
(c) Estimates have been rounded and minor discrepancies may occur between sums of component items and totals.
Source: ABS data available on request, Underemployed Workers Survey.
This page last updated 3 January 2007