Full growth for less hours
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.