part-time work

part-time work

employment where the hours of work are substantially fewer than the usual working week. In the UK, part-time work is officially defined as that which is under 30 hours each week.

The advantage of part-time working to employers is that it can be relatively cheap as insurance contributions may not have to be made. It also enables them to adapt production or the provision of services to variations in demand, for example, a shop may stay open into the evening by employing part-time workers to cover the evening work. Part-time work can also be advantageous to employees themselves in so far as it allows them to fit work in with other commitments. Part-time employees are legally entitled to the same PENSION, MATERNITY RIGHTS, PARENTAL LEAVE, SICK PAY and TRAINING rights as full-time employees (though often on a pro-rata basis).

In the UK in recent years, growth in part-time work has formed a large part of the growth in employment. Approximately 25% of the employed labour force are now in part-time jobs. Most of these are women. It is often said that paid work is not as central a life interest to part-time workers as it is to full-timers and as a result pressure for high rates of pay is somewhat less. For these reasons also, TRADE UNIONS find it difficult to recruit and mobilize part-time workers. Thus, part-time work is generally not well paid, with the result that some employers find it attractive to replace full-time workforces with part-time ones. See LABOUR FLEXIBILITY, LOW PAY, TEMPORARY WORK.

part-time work

employment where the hours of work are substantially fewer than those of the usual working week. In the UK, part-time work is officially defined as that which is under 30 hours each week. Below this number, NATIONAL INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS do not have to be paid. The advantage of part-time working to employers is that it can be relatively cheap and it also enables them to adapt production or the provision of services to variations in demand, e.g. a shop may stay open into the evening by employing part-time workers to cover the evening work. Part-time work can also be advantageous to employees themselves insofar as it allows them to fit work in with other commitments.

In the UK in recent years, growth in part-time work has formed a large part of the growth in employment. Approximately 31% of the employed LABOUR FORCE is now in part-time jobs. Most of these are women.

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