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PART-TIME work has grown at a faster rate than full-time em­ploy­ment in the past five years.

IBISWORLD re­search shows the num­ber of part-time jobs has grown by 2.8 per cent a year since 2007 com­pared with a 1.5 per cent growth in full­time work.

Gen­eral man­ager Karen Do­bie ex­pects the trend to con­tinue for the next five years, again tip­ping growth of 2.8 per cent a year for part­time jobs, com­pared with 1.8 per cent growth in full-time roles.

‘‘ Growth has been strong in ser­vice-based in­dus­tries as this work is more con­ducive to flex­i­ble work­ing ar­range­ments than (for ex­am­ple) man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries,’’ Do­bie says.

‘‘ Many savvy Aus­tralian em­ploy­ers are us­ing work/life bal­ance to at­tract and re­tain staff, boost morale and in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity.’’

Ad­min­is­tra­tive and sup­port ser­vices have led the way in growth for part-time and flex­i­ble work­ing con­tracts.

It is fol­lowed by pro­fes­sional, sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal ser­vices and health­care and so­cial as­sis­tance.

The re­tail sec­tor has the high­est per­cent­age of part­time work­ers of all in­dus­tries, ac­count­ing for 5.5 per cent of the to­tal re­tail work­force.

It is fol­lowed by health­care and so­cial as­sis­tance (5.1 per cent), accommodation and food ser­vices (3.7 per cent), ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing (3 per cent) and pro­fes­sional, sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal ser­vices (1.8 per cent).

Do­bie says of­fer­ing part time work al­lows com­pa­nies to en­cour­age staff to study and re­train, even­tu­ally up­skilling their work­force with­out hav­ing to train new blood.

Most work­ers also sac­ri­fice some of their per­sonal time to do work for the priv­i­lege of the flex­i­bil­ity.

FLEX­I­BLE: Health­care has the equal sec­ond-high­est num­ber of part-time work­ers.

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