Record levels of under-employment show that the jobs crisis is far worse than the headline figures
TUC analysis published today using official figures, shows that the number of men doing part-time jobs because they can’t find full-time work more than doubled to nearly 600,000 between December 2007 and December 2011. The number of under-employed women has increased by 74% to 780,000, bringing the total number of people in involuntary part-time work to a record 1.38 million.
The proportion of women working part-time that don’t want a full-time job, often because of family and caring responsibilities, has also been falling. This shows that the recent rise in part-time employment has mainly come about through necessity rather than choice.
Number of people doing part-time work because couldn’t find full-time jobs,Q4 2011 (by region and gender)
(Quarterly Labour Force Survey, October – December, 2011)
The analysis suggests there is a link between between rising under-employment and rising overall unemployment, with the North East and Northern Ireland struggling on both measures.
People living in the East of England have experienced the sharpest increase in under-employment over the last four years, with the number of men trapped in part-time jobs more than trebling to reach 58,385. The North East, Northern Ireland and London have also experienced sharp increases in involuntary part-time work. The number of women trapped in involuntary part-time work has more than doubled in Northern Ireland and London since December 2007.
Percentage increases in involuntary part-time work, Q4 2007–Q4 2011, (By region & gender)
(Quarterly Labour Force Survey, October – December, 2007 & 2011)
While we had good news last month that overall unemployment fell so too did the number of people in full-time work. While part-time or temporary jobs may be, better than no work at all, people are having to take huge salary sacrifices, reduce their hours and trade down their skills to stay in work. This is bad news for the family finances and the UK’s overall economic performance as people are not working as much and as productively as they could do.
Creating more well-paid, skilled, full-time jobs is the only way to secure a sustainable recovery that works for everyone, as it will raise people’s incomes and help them to work at their potential again.
What can Government do to create more paid work? And how do we get better quality jobs – both more fulfilling and rewarding for individuals and better for the economy? This is one of the topics being discussed at the upcoming TUC Conference – After Austerity.
With the country facing a decade of economic stagnation we need real change if we are to secure jobs and living standards for the future. At the conference, expert speakers will share their in-depth knowledge and expertise on how to rebuild the UK economy through securing strong and sustainable growth.
To view the conference programme and to register go to www.afterausterity.org.uk