Friday 19 January 2018

Surge in double-jobbing to make ends meet, CSO figures show

Aideen Sheehan

Aideen Sheehan

THE number of people working second jobs has soared by 22pc this year.

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that there are now 16,500 people working two fulltime jobs to make ends meet.

There are 3,000 more people working two jobs than there were a year ago, which is a rise of 22pc and compares with a general increase in employment of just 1.7pc.

Overall there are 1.645m people in fulltime employment, and one in 100 of these has a second fulltime job.

Most of those working two jobs are aged over 45 and male, the latest Quarterly National Household Survey report shows.

Around 11,500 men have a second job compared with 5,000 women.

Farming and fishing was the single biggest sector where people were likely to be doing two jobs accounting for 5,500 of the total.

Around 9,000 doublejobbers were in the services sector which covers a huge spectrum from finance to catering.

However doublejobbing was even more common towards the end of the boom as the numbers working two jobs rose to 20,000 in early 2008.

Total fulltime employment fell by 303,100 in the last five years, the CSO figures show.

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