02/18/2011

A snapshot on part-time work in Europe

Part-time employment option has increased across the European Union over the
past two decades, but there are differences between the EU Member States.
Social policymakers and social partners drive this trend in efforts to increase
flexibility, but how does this affect workers and employers? A new report
‘Part-time work in Europe' out today brings together the results of two
European-wide surveys to provide a snapshot of part-time work, presenting both
the company and the employee point of view.

Part-time employment has been increasing in Europe for the past two decades.
This is especially true for countries where different working time arrangements
have been discussed among policymakers and social partners as a way to increase
flexibility. Part-time work may have both positive and negative effects for
workers and employers. A new report ‘Part-time work in Europe' out today draws
on the results of the second European Company Survey to highlight both
perspectives.

Non-standard employment and, more particularly, part-time work has been
increasing worldwide for the past two decades. This trend has been especially
strong in Europe, where the issue of different working time arrangements is an
important part of the discussion among policymakers and social partners, and
something which the European Union (EU) has promoted to increase flexibility
for workers and employers. However, part-time work is spread very unevenly
across Member States, reflecting differences in legislation, infrastructure and
cultural conventions.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: Eurofound