Most of part time workers are underemployed
Among the 44.1 mln persons in the European Union (EU) working part-time in 2014, some 9.8 mln were underemployed who wished to work more hours and were available to do so.
This corresponds to 22.2% of all part-time workers and 4.5% of total employment in the EU in 2014. The large majority of part-time workers being underemployed in the EU were women (67%).
According to Eurostat, in Cyprus, the percentage of people working part-time in 2014 was 14% and the underemployed 9.3%.
In 2014, the percentage of underemployed part-time workers among total part-time workers varied significantly across the EU Member States. A majority of part-time workers wished to work more hours while being available to do so in Greece (72.1%), Cyprus (65.9%) and Spain (57.3%). At the opposite end of the scale, the Netherlands (4.0%) registered by far the smallest share of underemployed part-time workers, followed by Luxembourg (10.5%), Denmark (10.7%), Estonia (11.2%) and the Czech Republic (11.4%).
At EU level, 22.2% of persons working part-time were underemployed in 2014. It should be noted that underemployed parttime workers were predominantly women in every EU Member State except Romania and Slovakia.