Part-time workforce increasing

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THE part-time job market is rising in the North East, union bosses said today.

According to the GMB, there are 264,600 16 to 64-year-olds employed in part-time jobs,

That includes 28,000 in Sunderland – 23.9 per cent of the workforce – and 53,400 in County Durham.

“This mushrooming of part-time jobs is often at the expense of full-time employment,” said Kamaljeet Jandu, GMB national officer. “On too many occasions part-time working is characterised by low pay, insecurity and bad conditions.

“Employers need to recognise that the major reasons people opt for part-time working is that they need flexible hours for childcare duties, or that they cannot find a full-time job.

“We are calling for the Government to have an economic strategy based on quality job creation and growth.

“For part-time workers, GMB is calling on employers to allow flexibility in terms of working hours and when they take their holidays.

“Employers should also give part-timers access to full-time vacancies when they become available and give them the option to job share where that opportunity is available and increase their hours.”