What is fascinating is the almost unanimous commentary on this phenomenon, namely, that part time work is on the increase because everyone doing it actually would prefer a full time job but for many at present that is not possible. The belief of what a ‘proper job’ is remains the underlying assumption behind almost any discussion about the nature of paid work. I quote from Personnel Today, ” in the three months to December 2009 there were 1.04 million employees and self-employed people working part-time because they could not find a full-time job. This represented an increase of 37,000 on the previous quarter and is the highest figure since records began in 1992″. There is no admission that this is a value judgement on the nature of paid work. Maybe – just maybe, everyone who is doing part time work are not seeking full time work. This makes even more sense if you believe what we keep hammering on this site that the real question for people is not whether work is full or part time which therefore could range from 1 hour a week to 40+ but how many hours a week do we wish to engage in paid work.