Two-fold rise in male under-employment

The number of men doing part-time jobs because they cannot find full-time work has more than doubled in the last four years, research has found.

Figures from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have revealed that more men are now in part-time roles as a result of rising unemployment rates.

This figure has more than doubled over the last four years, from 293,000 in December 2007 to nearly 600,000 in December 2011.

The TUC’s analysis of official figures also showed that the number of women undertaking part-time work has increased by 74%. This brings the total figure for those who are in involuntary part-time work to 1.38 million.

The move towards part-time roles has largely come about as a result of the economic downturn, with workers feeling the need to take on work of any form to boost their household budget.

Workers living in the East of England have felt the worst effects of growing unemployment, with the highest increase of men in part-time roles.

This has trebled to 45,029 in the last four years. This region is closely followed by the East Midlands (145% rise to 27,464), the North East (137% rise to 18,076) and the West Midlands (121% rise to 31,240).

“Last month’s fall in unemployment was a welcome surprise. No-one should be under any illusion however that the jobs crisis is over,” said Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary.

“Virtually all employment growth is coming from part-time and temporary jobs but most of the people taking them want and need permanent, full-time work.”

The rise in women in part-time employment between 2007 and 2011 has been sharpest in Northern Ireland , with a 127% increase, and London – a 115% increase.

“Any job may be better than no job at all but people are having to make huge salary sacrifices to stay working. This is bad news for family finances and it is holding back our economy.”

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