6265.0 - Underemployed Workers, Australia, Sep 1997
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/04/1998
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Nearly one quarter of part-time workers want more work
Nearly one-quarter of Australia's 2.2 million part-time workers wanted to work more hours, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Of the 2,208,300 part-time workers in September 1997, 23 per cent (515,000) wanted work with more hours. Sixty-two percent (321,600) of those wanting more hours wanted full-time hours. The remaining 38 per cent (193,900) wanted to work more part-time hours.
Almost half (47 per cent or 242,400) of all part-time workers who wanted more hours, were looking for extra work and were available to start extra work in the week before the survey. There were an additional 41,400 (8 per cent) part-time workers wanting more hours who were looking for extra work and were available to start extra work within four weeks.
Other findings for part-time workers who wanted to work more hours were:
The average number of extra hours per week wanted by all part-time workers wanting more hours was 16.4.
The most common steps taken, during the four weeks before the survey, to find extra hours were 'contacting prospective employers', 'looking in newspapers' and 'registering with the CES'.
In addition, the survey of Underemployed Workers showed that 37,900 full-time workers worked less than 35 hours in the survey reference week due to being stood down, short time or insufficient work being available.
Details are found in Underemployed Workers, Australia, September 1997 (cat. no. 6265.0) available from ABS Bookshops.
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