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Work - but not as we know it

by Chris Bambery
Issue No. 2183

The number of women taking part-time jobs because they cannot find full-time work has increased by 123,000 in recent months, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

There are now 6.6 million people working part-time, the highest number since records began.

The Office for National Statistics found that more than one million people are working part-time because they could not get a full-time job.

In some cases bosses have demanded they give up full-time jobs to reduce wage bills.

Some bosses have claimed that workers must accept fewer hours to save jobs – only to push job cuts soon after.

Job insecurity and part-time working has a dramatic effect on people’s lives.

In the past year, one in five young people aged between 18 and 24 – more than a million people in total – have either moved back to live with their parents or have stalled plans to move out.

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Tue 5 Jan 2010, 18:00 GMT
Issue No. 2183
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