More vilification of part time work

by Barrie Hopson on February 27, 2012 · 0 comments

in Flexible working,Future of work,New ways of working,Work

I am really getting ho68819.ms-025t under the collar about this topic! After my last posting on this I was astonished the very next day to see yet more down putting of part time work in an article in Personnel Today. It begins with the startling heading – Number of people forced into part-time roles highest since records began. Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary,commented “The headline unemployment figures are bad enough, but the true scale of joblessness is even worse. Over six million people are either out of work or under-employed. Tackling this crisis should be the Government’s number one priority.  Our jobs crisis is not confined to those out of work. Nearly two million people are being forced to take low-paid, insecure, short-hours jobs because of the lack of proper, full-time employment.”

I am certainly not denying that some people will fall into this category but certainly not all and these commentators have little evidence to back up their claims. They still hark back to the last century when everyone wanted a full time job and expected  that the G’ment, State or private sector would create one for them. We now know that every job is temporary and that you are better off looking for projects not jobs. A project might last  a few years but more likely a few months.

So what do the stats tell us? I had a really useful discussion with a researcher at the Office of National Statistics this morning and discovered the following:

1.2 million people now have 2 jobs – 644,000 women and 477,000 men. This is out of 29 million employed people.

4 million people are self employed and we can safely assume that some of these will also be pursuing portfolio careers.

There are 7.8 million part timers of which 5.127 million do not want a full time job and 1.35 million who do. Of those that do not want full time work, 4.28 million are women and 845,000 are men.

And yet these commentators for a variety of political reasons and general ignorance brandish these stats around and make assumptions as to the stories behind the figures.

Now I have got that off my chest I hope that you like another of my professional photos that I posted about recently. Thought after this posting it would be good for you to see me smiling!

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