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Australia – Part-timers want full-time jobs

21 February 2013

Over a quarter of part-time workers (27%) aged 15-24 years want to work more hours, according to a report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released today. The survey found that many Australians working part-time would like to find full-time jobs.

ABS Director of Labour Force and Supplementary Surveys, Cassandra Gligora, said: “Of the 824,100 part-time workers who would prefer more hours, over half (55%) would prefer to work full-time.”

The report showed that more women were employed part-time while a higher proportion of male part-time workers were underemployed (28%, compared to 19% of women). The greatest difference was reported for those aged 35-44 years (42% for men and 17% for women).

The survey collected information in September 2012 about underemployed workers aged 15 years and over. It included information on the number of hours they usually worked, number of preferred hours, steps taken to find work with more hours and difficulties finding work with more hours. 

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