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New research from employment law firm Peninsula Ireland shows that almost 40% of Irish workers are having to take on a second job to cope with finances (up from 23% in 2008).
Alan Price, Managing Director of Peninsula Ireland, said "taking on a second job may well be a short term answer to financial difficulties but it often has long-term consequences. 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 & safety concern, so it's something that both the employee and the employer need to address."
Mr Price continues, "Taking on a second job means less time at home and with the family which can of course impose problems of its own."
"Secondly if money is your only motivation then workers should be encouraged to look at ways to increase the salary of their primary job. There may be better ways to improve marketability, training and education. Look to see if there are extra skills required for jobs that pay more money such as supervisory roles. Have you expressed an interest to your employer that you would like to be considered for these better paid roles?"