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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
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
% of all Part Time Employed
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.