Part-time work has been on the increase over the last two decades, with nearly
one in five Europeans now working on some form of part-time arrangement.
Largely, it is women who work part time - 32% of women in the EU worked part
time in 2009, compared with fewer than 9% of men. But what are the implications
of this rising trend for individuals and companies?
A new report, Part-time work in Europe, combines data from two Eurofound
surveys, the European Company Survey and the European Working Conditions
Survey, to see how part-time work is distributed - across sectors, across
countries and according to gender. It highlights the multifaceted issues
surrounding part-time work and finds that, for the moment, while part-time
workers may enjoy a better work-life balance, they earn less and lose out on
access to training and career advancement. Part-time jobs in high-skilled
management positions do exist, but they are still very much an exception.
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work