Analysis and action on living standards
Entering employment, acquiring new skills and progressing up the pay ladder are important steps in many people’s lives, and essential for improving their living standards. But changes in the labour market, educational opportunities and the wider economy mean that different generations face different work and pay-related challenges, shifting across the life course.
Involuntary part-time workers – those in employment who work part time but would prefer a full-time job – signal spare capacity in the labour market and lower earnings than individuals desire. The data in this section shows the likelihood of workers being employed part-time involuntarily in different age groups and cohorts.
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‘All ages’ refers to those aged 16-64. Involuntary part-time employment refers to those work part time but report that they would like to work full time.
RF analysis of ONS, Quarterly Labour Force Survey
‘Involuntary part-time employment refers to those work part time but report that they would like to work full time.
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