Four in 10 workers have second job
Published 24/02/2010 | 15:53
Almost four out of 10 Irish workers have had to take a second job to make ends meet during the recession, it has emerged.
The study, by employment law consultancy firm Peninsula Ireland, showed 23pc of workers were holding down two positions this time last year.
Alan Price, managing director, warned while a second job may be a short-term answer to financial difficulties, it often has long-term consequences.
He said: "In theory it's a good idea. A second job means higher income, but it can pose problems for both the boss and the employee.
"HR laws need to be looked at to ensure that no one is breaking the law by working too many hours in one week. Another problem you face is employee fatigue and this may well become a health and safety concern, so it's something that both the employee and the employer need to address."
Mr Price said spending less time at home can bring new troubles to families already struggling to cope.
"Working longer hours may not necessarily be good for your health and people can get easily overwhelmed when they take on a second job," he continued.
"So before considering taking on a second job look at all the risks and weigh up the benefits.
"It may well be that you will be in a worse-off situation, especially after taking into account travel, taxes, any other expenses.
"Think about the lack of quality time at home and any implications on your health; there really is a lot to take into account."