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Part-Time Employment

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people working less than 16 hours who wanted to work more in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

I refer the Hon Member to the answer given to PQ 4936 in which I give details, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), of the number of people whose usual weekly hours are less than six hours, and between 6 and 15 hours. Details are not available for the number of people working less than 16 hours who wanted to work more in each of the last 10 years.

ONS does publish some related data: 1) the number of people in employment who want to work more hours, are available for work and are currently working below the hours threshold (40 hours a week for those under 18, 48 hours a week for those aged 18 or over), and 2) people working part-time who gave the reason as “could not find full-time job” as reason for working part-time. The tables below give extracts from the ONS published data, however, both these data series will include both those working less than, and more than, 16 hours a week.

Table 1: The number of people in employment who want to work more hours, are available for work and are currently working below the hours threshold

Date

Level

Apr-Jun 2010

2,754

Apr-Jun 2011

2,841

Apr-Jun 2012

3,061

Apr-Jun 2013

3,090

Apr-Jun 2014

2,977

Apr-Jun 2015

2,786

Apr-Jun 2016

2,601

Apr-Jun 2017

2,460

Apr-Jun 2018

2,390

Apr-Jun 2019

2,479

Source: Table EMP16, ONS, Labour Force Survey

Table 2: Part-time workers who gave the reason as “could not find full-time job” as reason for working part-time

Date

Level

% of all Part Time Employed

Apr-Jun 2010

1,084

14.0

Apr-Jun 2011

1,275

16.2

Apr-Jun 2012

1,438

17.9

Apr-Jun 2013

1,467

18.3

Apr-Jun 2014

1,347

16.5

Apr-Jun 2015

1,285

15.7

Apr-Jun 2016

1,149

13.6

Apr-Jun 2017

1,019

12.1

Apr-Jun 2018

968

11.5

Apr-Jun 2019

907

10.6

Source: Table EMP01NSA, ONS, Labour Force Survey

At UK level people in full-time work have made up over three quarters of the overall increase in employment since 2010.

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