6265.0 - Underemployed Workers, Australia, Sep 1999
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/09/2000
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ABS: One in five part-time workers wants more work
One-fifth of Australia's part-time workers wanted to work more hours, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
In September 1999, 471,300 persons worked part-time and wanted to work more hours, a decrease of 6% from 1998. These people represented 21% of the 2.2 million part-time workers in Australia's labour force.
Sixty-three per cent of all people who worked part-time and wanted to work more hours were females, increasing from 60% in 1998. One-third of all part-time workers wanting to work more hours were under 25 years of age compared to 18% of fully employed workers.
Nearly two-thirds (62%) of part-time workers who wanted to work more hours reported that they would like to work full-time. Males were more likely to want full-time work (76%) than females (54%).
Other characteristics of part-time workers who wanted to work more hours were:
The duration of current period of insufficient work for people who worked part-time and wanted to work more hours was about 26 weeks on average.
Details are found in Underemployed Workers, Australia, September 1999 (cat. no. 6265.0) available from ABS bookshops. If you wish to purchase a copy of this publication, contact the ABS bookshop in your capital city.
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