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Three-quarters of part-time workers do not want more hours

Patrick Edwards

Published 28/04/2015 | 02:30

Ireland is just one of two countries where part-time work is evenly divided between the genders in EU-wide survey
Ireland is just one of two countries where part-time work is evenly divided between the genders in EU-wide survey

Just under three quarters of Irish part-time workers do not want to work more hours, according to new figures from Luxembourg.

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Eurostat's latest labour force survey also shows that Ireland's part-time workers are much more evenly divided between men and woman than other countries with men making up 46pc of part-time jobs and woman making up 54pc.

Ireland is one of just two countries in the European Union where men would make a greater contribution to the workforce if those who want to return to work were actually able to do so. Eurostat gave no explanation but the figure probably reflects the large number of men in the construction sector who lost work and are now slowly re-entering the workforce.

The figures show that 28.7pc of part-time workers and 6.7pc of the total Irish workforce classified themselves as under-employed in last year.

Other EU countries with high proportions of part-time workers include Austria (27.7pc) Belgium (24pc), Denmark (25.5pc), Germany (27.5pc) the Netherlands (50.5pc), Sweden (26.1pc) and the UK (26.5pc). However, the percentage of workers defining themselves as under-employed varies sharply.

While Holland has many part-time workers, the vast majority are happy not to work longer hours.

Only 4pc of Dutch part-time workers want more work, reflecting the Dutch belief in a work-life balance rarely seen in Anglo-Saxon countries.

Only one in nine Danish part-timers wanted more work but the UK figure was close to the Irish figure at slightly less than a quarter of all part-time workers.

Irish Independent

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